A New Cold Wave Hits the U.S

Jan 22, 2014 Homeowner Tips

The eastern region of the United States is once again being scourged with a cold wave. Arctic temperatures, high winds, and snow storms are all expected to afflict New England and the eastern seaboard over the next few days. This severe winter weather is following a severe polar vortex that lingered across the midwestern and northeast U.S this past month.

The worst of the storm is expected to affect the southern New England region, though the Great Lakes region is expected to experience sustained freezes as well. The cold weather afflicting the region over the past month or so has been extraordinary in geographic scope and sheer intensity. The record cold in many places has left entire cities paralyzed as transportation becomes compromised, business and schools close, and residents are shuttered indoors.

The northeast, midwest, and much of the Great Lakes region has been severely affected by some of the worst winter weather in decades. While these regions are accustomed to cold temperatures and snowy conditions, the polar cortex and a series of harsh snowstorms have had a noticeable impact on day to day life. Negative double digit temperatures have presented a serious risk to personal safety in many areas, and heavy ice and snow have grounded and delayed planes in many major airports. Several states in the northeast have even been forced to declare states of emergency as a result of the heavy snow accumulation.

During this type of cold, it is important to take every precaution to protect yourself and your home from the cold. Insulating pipes along exterior walls and keeping your home a consistently warm temperature will help to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting once the temperature warms. Burst pipes are a primary concern during extremely cold weather and can cause a lot of water damage in a short amount of time. In addition to protecting pipes, make sure you also seal and insulate parts of your home vulnerable to drafts. Areas around the windows and doors should be sealed and weatherstripping should be added to keep cold air out. In all, take every precaution to insulate and protect your home from cold weather. Your home can be extremely vulnerable to freezing weather and it can be difficult and expensive to address damages after the fact. The best thing to do is prepare your home as much as possible, put together an emergency preparedness kit, and formulate a plan for dealing with the consequences of severe weather. While weather can be unpredictable, remaining prepared to address storms and other disasters in always a good idea any time of year.

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