Sunday, January 20, 2013
The last week of January could be the "coldest we've seen in years."
We should be preparing for some serious cold weather beginning Sunday night and continuing for up to 10 weeks, according to one area weather specialist. Following the big chill, there will be a brief relaxing of the cold before it reloads and returns for another lenghthy spell that could last into February, said Jim Arnold, weather specialist with the Shrewsbury Emergency Management Agency. He points to two snow threats on the horizon: one working up the coast from the Virginia Capes and the other is ready to track off the coast and spare this area a major snowfall. "I am expecting nothing more at this time than 1 to 2 inches in and around Central Massachusetts, if that much," said Arnold. "The second threat will be from a storm off the …
Friday, January 4, 2013
These common sense rules can help avoid tragedy.
The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) offers these tips to make sure your pets are kept safe during extreme winter conditions: Keep your pets warm and indoors. As always cats should stay inside. Since cats left outdoors may stay warm in car wheel wells or under hoods, you should awake any sleeping animals by wrapping on your car hood before starting the engine. Trips outside should remain short during the winter months. While dogs need outdoor exercise, lengthy walks can prove harmful especially when wind chill is a factor. Dogs should remain leashed and supervised when outdoors throughout the year. However in the winter do not bring them near bodies of water even if they appear frozen. Shorthaired dogs…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Cold temperatures are predicted for the area.
The National Weather Service is calling for cold temperatures this week. Here are some tips, courtesy of the Service, to keep in mind during this Arctic cold. 1. Minimize outdoor activities, especially for the elderly and very young. 2. Dress in several layers of loose-fitting clothing rather than a single layer of heavy clothing. 3. Wear a hat, mittens and waterproof boots. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. 4. When using heating sources such as fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters, be sure to ventilate them correctly. 5. Test smoke alarms and keep carbon monoxide detectors handy. 6. Bring pets out of the cold. Don't assume they can handle the cold. If you are not warm, they are not either.