2017-01-04 / Front Page

Winter’s Blustery Chill Is Just Around The Corner

By Liz Goff
It may seem like Old Man Winter has been taking his time making an appearance this year, holding back the blustery chill that accompanies his arrival.

But meteorologists and weather experts said winter is just around the corner and they agree that severe winter weather should be taken very seriously since it can be dangerous to both you and your property.

No one ever anticipates a Christmas blizzard, or the piles of snow and frigid temperatures that can tear through the metropolitan area in the winter, weather experts said.

“We can use scientific and other tools to determine what the winter is likely to bring,” weather experts said. “But when you come right down to it, Mother Nature is going to do whatever she wants – and there is no predicting that.”

The following is a compilation of National Weather Service terms, and what they really mean, tips from weather authorities on how to cope with harsh weather, and ways to cope

with severe winter weather:

  • Freezing Rain Advisory:

Minor accumulation of ice, due to freezing rain is expected.

  • Winter Weather Advisory:

A minor accumulation of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected.

  • Snow Advisory:

Accumulations of one to four inches expected within a 12-hour period.

  • Blizzard Warning:

Strong winds, blinding driven snow, and dangerous wind chill are expected in the next several hours.

Time To Stay Warm and Dry

  • Wear hats, scarves, layer and water-repellent coats. Wear mittens instead of gloves – they are warmer.
  • Make sure small children – especially infants – stay warm, because infants can easily suffer from frostbite under conditions that would not necessarily be as dangerous for adults.
  • Cover your mouth. Protect your lungs from extremely cold air by covering your mouth when outdoors.
  • Avoid overexertion. Take your time while shoveling snow or pushing a car. Stretch before you go out and drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffinated beverages.
  • Be sure to clear snow from your tail pipe before you start your car, to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

How Can You Safely Warm Your Home or Apartment?

Many fires and emergencies are caused each year in Queens from unsafe heating. Call 311 for a fire inspection if you are unsure whether your heat source is safe, and follow the following tips:

  • If you do not have heat, contact your building owner. If hear is not restored, contact the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development at 311.
  • Fuel-burning items such as furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters and clothes dryers should be working, ventilated and inspected by a professional regularly, in order to prevent unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Electric heaters should be used with extreme caution to prevent shock, fire and burns.
  • Materials near heaters should be kept at least three feet from the heat source, to prevent fire.
  • Gas ovens and burners should never be used to heat your home.

For additional information on how to cope with changing weather go to: www.nationalweatherservice.com.


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