Last updated on January 3, 2020 at 05:48 pm
Across the Northeast, below-average temperatures and above-average levels of precipitation are in the 2019–2020 winter forecast. But there’s no need to clear out the milk and bread aisles in a pre-apocalyptic frenzy. While it’s almost certain that snow will fall, forecasts can sometime miss the mark. Still, it’s important to be prepared for any amount of snowfall. Check out these last-minute tidbits on getting ready for snowfall.
Have the right supplies
Make sure you have the essentials for dealing with snow. A roof rake, a shovel, and some rock salt or another deicing agent should be sufficient.
While you’re gathering materials, consider assembling an emergency supply kit. This’ll be helpful in the event you lose power. Your kit should include survival basics, like water, nonperishable food, flashlights, a battery-powered radio, a cellphone charger, and a first aid kit. For more ideas on what to pack in your emergency kit, check out our winter storm preparedness center.
Oftentimes, it’s hard to know exactly what to expect when it comes to snowstorms. Ahead of many storms the forecast may change several times or offer nonspecific information. Watching out for 2″ to 16″ doesn’t really tell us much. These ever-changing forecasts lend themselves to the simple fact that weather patterns are unpredictable and can change at a moment’s notice.
Therefore, watch for alerts from organizations like the National Weather Service or tune into local news broadcasts to stay up to date on the latest weather conditions in your area.
Apocalyptic snowstorm or not, it’s always good to have a communication plan set in place so you know what to do and who to contact in the event of an emergency.
If you have to travel
It’s always best to stay off the roads during snowy weather — especially when it’s really coming down. You’ll want to read this article before you drive in the snow. If your car is stuck in there snow, here’s an expert guide to dealing with that situation.
We’re here for you
Even though we’re not projected to get a crippling blizzard this weekend, there’s always the possibility that things can get damaged when it snows. If something happens and you need to report a claim, please contact us immediately so that we can help.
You can either report a claim online or by calling Plymouth Rock at 844-346-1225.
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