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Winterizing your home: Tips to prepare your home for winter

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Winterizing your home can help it to better weather the bitter cold, snow, and ice that a South Jersey winter can bring with it. Here are some tips to help you prepare your home for the winter season:

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  • Winterizing your home can extend the life of your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.
  • Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment. Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
  • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow - or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.

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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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SATURDAY► Skies start partly sunny, but clouds increase during the day and there could be a few showers later in the day.  Highs in the low 70s with a light northwest wind around 10mph shifting onshore by afternoon.

SUNDAY► Mostly cloudy skies and the coolest day of the holiday weekend. Highs around 65-70 thanks to an east to southeast ocean breeze around 10-15mph.  Most of the day remains dry, but some showers or a thunderstorm are possible towards evening and especially overnight.

MEMORIAL DAY► coudy skies and  still a little damp early in the morning with some lingering showers possible, then a mainly dry afternoon with partly sunny skies developing.  Highs in the mid 70s.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY► Partly sunny with an afternoon thunderstorm or two possible.  Warmer with highs around 75-80.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY► Partly sunny, dry, and pleasant with highs in the mid to upper 70s.