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What to do before a winter storm arrives

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Nor'easters are part of winter life in South Jersey. Snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain are possible with every winter storm, and the strongest coastal storms bring significant tidal flooding and damaging wind gusts.

So what can you do to better prepare in advance of an approaching winter storm?  Here are some suggestions:

  • Before a winter storm arrives, add the following supplies to your winter storm kit.
    • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
    • Sand to improve traction.
    • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
    • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
    • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  • A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the National Weather Service for all hazards. You may also sign up in advance to receive notifications from your local emergency services.
  • Download FEMA’s Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings for a summary of notifications at: www.ready.gov/prepare. Free smart phone apps, such as those available from FEMA and the American Red Cross, provide information about finding shelters, providing first aid, and seeking assistance for recovery.
  • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
  • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

Meteorologist/Staff Writer

Broadcast meteorologist for 15 years (Marquette, Michigan; Burlington, VT; Albany, NY; South Jersey). NBC40 Chief meteorologist from December 2003 through December 2014. Press meteorologist since January 2015

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SUNDAY► Mostly cloudy, breezy, and muchcooler with a shower or two possible, but like Saturday, mostly dry.  However, easterly ocean breezes around 10-15mph will lead to Sunday being 30 degrees cooler than Saturday, with highs only around 45-50 for the second half of the weekend.

MONDAY► Mostly cloudy once again but milder with highs in the low 60s, and a few rain showers expected.  South winds around 15mph.

TUESDAY► Mostly cloudy with showers likely, probably the wettest day of the forecast.  Still mild with highs in the low 60s.  South to southwest winds around 10mph.

WEDNESDAY► Partly sunny and drier with highs around 60. Northwest winds around 10mph.

THURSDAY► Partly to mostly sunny and a bit cooler with highs in the low to mid 50s, seasonable for late March.

FRIDAY► Mostly cloudy with our next chance of rain.  Highs in the mid 50s.