Winter’s Worst: 3 tips to prepare for snow

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Before we know it, snow will be on the ground again in western Massachusetts. The 22News Storm Team will help you prepare for winter’s worst weather.

Winter will soon be upon us, and in the Pioneer Valley, that means dealing with snow. It affects us in more way than one. We have to drive in it, we have to shovel it, and we have to make sure our homes can stand up against blizzards. 

22News is working for you with how to prepare for winter’s worst. 

One of the most inconvenient problems that comes with snow, is you still have to get around regardless of how slippery and snow-covered the roads are. Elm Auto School says there are easy ways to prevent getting into an accident, and one simple procedure to follow if you find yourself in a slide.

“Space and time is a big thing because it takes about an additional 6 to 8 seconds to stop in snow or ice than it would on a regular day.”

But even when we give ourselves more distance and slow down, sometimes we still slide.

“So if your car is starting to skid to the right, your vehicle is going to pull that way. You want to counter steer enough to bring the vehicle over, and then again, as the vehicle is changing direction, steer in the direction you want the car to be going.”

In order to get on the road in the first place, you need your clear driveway. For some of us, that means shoveling lots of heavy snow. 

Dr. Quinn Pack with Baystate Medical Center says there are some health risks that come with over-exerting yourself. 

“If you have symptoms of chest pain, you should stop shoveling snow or whatever it is that you’re doing outside and go in and rest…The biggest problem are the people who eat and drink through the whole holidays, sat on their duff, and then January rolls around and they pull out a snow shovel and it’s the first time they’ve exercised in three months.”

Snow can cause issues for your home too, especially for your roof. 

Roofer Ken Pooler told 22News roof cave-ins aren’t that common, but it’s still important to get your roof inspected and watch out for red flags.

“You’ll start to see some buckling, some curling, of the shingles — drying out. Shingles butt together, and where they butt together, sometimes you’ll start getting…as the shingles start getting older you’ll see them dry out, and as they dry out they shrink and that spacing becomes more obvious than it would be normally.”

If ice is a problem on your roof, you can always use ice-melting pucks, but be careful — they can cause discolored shingles and corrode roof nails.

Regardless of some of the setbacks snow causes in the cold season, it sure does set a beautiful landscape for our winters, and the ski slopes — so bring it on.

Winter’s Worst

The 22News Storm Team will help you prepare for winter’s worst weather:

  • Dangerous and damaging ice
    22News Storm Team Meteorologist Adam Strzempko takes a look at ice, one of the worst kinds of weather to have to deal with during the winter.

  • Prepare for brutal cold
    22News Storm Team Meteorologist Nick Bannin explains the brutal cold coming this season to prepare you for winter’s worst weather.

  • Dangerous wind conditions
    22News Storm team Meteorologist Brian Lapis gets you ready for the worst of the winter wind, with some ways to stay safe and warm.

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