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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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Here is Your South Jersey Forecast

WEDNESDAY► Mainly cloudy with a few patches of drizzle and fog, otherwise drier.  Lighter winds and less cool with highs in the low to mid 60s.  North winds around 10mph.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT► Mostly cloudy with some patchy fog redeveloping. Lows in the mid 50s with winds becoming light and variable.

THURSDAY► Some patchy morning fog, then becoming partly sunny and milder, with highs in the low 70s on the mainland, 60-65 along the shore.  Southeast to south winds around 10mph.  A thundershower is possible Thursday night.

FRIDAY► A few morning clouds or patchy fog, then partly sunny as the warm-up continues, but remaining cooler along the shore.  Highs in the low 80s in the Pinelands, closer to 70 on the islands.  South winds around 15mph.

SATURDAY► Partly sunny and warm, likely the warmest day of the forecast, with highs in the low to mid 80s inland, low to mid 70s along the shore.  Winds from the southwest around 10-15mph.

SUNDAY► A back door front means a cooler and likely cloudier day compared to Saturday.  Mostly cloudy but remaining mostly dry with some breaks of sun.  Highs only in the mid 60s on the mainland, possibly mid to upper 50s along the shore.

MONDAY► Partly sunny, breezy, and warm with highs in the mid to upper 70s on the mainland, closer to 70 at the shore, with some late day or overnight scattered thunderstorms.  Brisk south to southwest winds around 10-20mph.

TUESDAY► Becoming partly sunny.  Breezy and drier with highs in the low 70s.