Winter is coming. It’s beginning to sound like an endless refrain, but for some people in the U.S. it means it’s time to take heed and begin to prepare – especially if current 2018 winter weather predictions hold true.
The consensus, at this point, is that there will be a La Nina event this winter resulting in above average temperatures for the bulk of the country – with the exception being northern portions of Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and portions of Minnesota where temperatures will be cooler than normal.
Additionally, however, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a much wetter winter for a fairly significant portion of the country. This means that that snow and ice may become big problems this winter for more than half the country – even in areas where temperatures are slightly above normal. In fact, AccuWeather is predicting above average snowfall for the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the country.
Preparing for a Harsher than Average Winter
So what does this mean for homeowners? With so much of the country facing above average snowfall this winter, it is a wise move to review the things you can do to prepare for the frigid days ahead, including the things listed below.
Prevent Ice Dams. It sounds like such a simple thing – and it can be surprisingly simple. The key is to keep the air in your attic spaces circulating well. One way to do that is to install an attic fan. Moving the air in your attic reduces the chances of ice forming on your roof, which can lead to destructive ice dams.
Reduce Energy Expenses. There are several ways you can go about this, including installing a programmable thermostat and adjusting the temp when you’re sleeping and out of the home for the day to save on heating.
Eliminate Drafts. Cover windows and outlets with plastic film, use heavy, wind-blocking drapes, and seal air leaks located around utility outlets and around plumbing.
Stock Up on Winter Essentials. There are some items that are simply essential to have in winter climates. This includes things like extra blankets, socks, hats, gloves, sidewalk salt, kitty litter, etc. Don’t forget a few extras, like candles, bottled water, convenience foods, and other essentials should the power go out during winter storms.
Preparing your home and your family for a long winter ahead can help you survive the coldest of days should these 2018 winter weather predictions come true. The more you do to prepare ahead of winter, the better placed you will be when the first snowflakes begin to fall.