Farmers Almanac–Winter is coming, are you prepared?
“With its traditionally 80 percent–accurate weather forecasts, The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts that this winter will be another arctic blast with above-normal snowfall throughout much of the nation.” says Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Prepare yourself now for the harsh winter that’s predicted. Are your gutters clear? Is your roof in good repair?
The Farmers Almanac is “red flagging” the first 10 days of January and the first week of February along the Atlantic Seaboard for “active wintry weather featuring bouts of heavy precipitation and strong winds”. The predictions extend in March as the Farmers Almanac also “red flags” the middle of March as having “widespread wintry conditions.” The dangerous conditions are expected to spread from the nation’s midsection to the East Coast.
If you follow the Farmers Almanac, a little preparation now may make this winter a lot easier to handle.
5 winter preparation tips:
- Clean out your home’s gutters, repair any roof leaks and consider having a contractor check your roof to see if it can sustain the weight of heavy snow fall,
- Disconnect any outside hoses and shut off all external water valves to avoided freezing and potential ice expansion related damages.
- Remove any week tree branches hanging over your home or vehicles that might become weighted down by heavy ice or snow and cause damages.
- If you have a fire place, make sure to keep the flue gate closed and remember to keep your chimney clean and free of flammable debris
- Insulate walls, attics and crawl spaces, as well as weather strip doors and windows to seal out the cold.