- WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING ACROSS CAPE COD,
SOUTHERN RHODE ISLAND AND SOUTH COASTAL MASSACHUSETTS.
- HAZARD TYPES: SNOW.
- ACCUMULATIONS: 3 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW.
- TIMING: SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO EARLY TO MID AFTERNOON.
- IMPACTS: SLOWER THAN NORMAL TRAVEL DUE TO SLIPPERY ROADS.
- VISIBILITIES: MAY BE REDUCED TO ONE-HALF MILE AT TIMES.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR MINOR SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WHICH CAN HAVE AN AFFECT ON TRAVEL. ALLOW EXTRA TRAVEL TIME AND BE ALERT FOR SLIPPERY ROADS, ESPECIALLY ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES.
Keep Safe During Snow Storms and Extreme Cold
- Stay indoors during the storm.
- Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
- Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
- Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
- Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
- Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.
- Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
- Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
- If the pipes freeze, call a plumber as soon as possible.
- If you use a portable generator, take safety precautions. Follow proper directions for use and never use a generator indoors, including garages. Keep the generator at least 10 feet from any opening of anyone’s home or business. Consult your local fire marshal for more information. Learn more
- Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
- Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.
- Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
Source: National Weather Service