“Deadly Cold Front Entering Lower 48 from Alaska”
Cold Records to be smashed as Nation goes well below Zero
“A blast of Arctic air is in Alaska today and moving southeastward toward the lower 48 United States. As the cold moves, it will shatter 100 year records for bitter cold, all the way to New York City by next weekend, December 9 thru 11. Everywhere the cold mass travels will see temperatures about 36°F BELOW AVERAGE for this time of year! So if the typical “average” for your area this time of year is 30° you can expect to see Minus 6° F as the actual temperature.
Clothing: Persons should be preparing for this weather by making certain their summer and fall clothing is put away, and their winter clothing is out and ready for use. When you go out in this type of weather, wear LAYERS of clothing. The more layers the better because each layer helps keep heat in and cold out. Wear a hat! Your brain needs- and get- the most blood flow in your body and your head is where a majority of your body heat escapes in the severe cold. Wearing a hat helps tremendously so do it!
Houses: Windows needing to be caulked should be done immediately to prevent drafts in homes and allow the caulking to dry for a day or two before the frigid weather arrives.
• Furnaces should be tested, fueled and their air filters cleaned or replaced with new filters. If your furnace is a steam boiler, make certain the water level in the furnace is high enough to make steam.
• If you have baseboard heat, vacuum out the baseboards to remove dust and cob webs. This will allow better air flow and heat distribution.
• Check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Winter fires are common and you want your family alerted if things go wrong in the middle of the night.
• If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove, make certain the chimney is cleaned out before using the stove or fire place. Stack wood close to where it will be used to minimize effort carrying it back and forth. Once you light the fire, keep it lit. It’s far better to keep the heat cranking than it is to catch-up after allowing the fire to go out.
Motor Vehicles: Vehicles should be checked for proper anti-freeze mix and radiator levels to avoid cracking engine blocks or blowing “freeze-out” plugs when the frigid air arrives.
• Tires tend to go soft when severe cold arrives, so check your tire pressure BEFORE using your vehicle in the morning and inflate the tires to the correct pressure.
• Is it time for new windshield wipers to deal with snow or sleet? Get it done!
• Do you have Jumper Cables in case your battery goes dead. Cold is tough on batteries, so having a set of jumper cables is a good idea.
• Pack a flash light with fresh batteries, and an Emergency blanket to keep warm if your break down.
• Chewable Granola bars or other such packaged food may be a good idea for a snack if you get stuck in the car somewhere.”