Hello Winter! Snow Rolling In for Saturday Night and Sunday
December 13, 2013
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the lower half of the State this weekend, from Saturday evening through Sunday evening.
Right now, a storm is forecast to arrive after dark on Saturday, moving in from west to east. However, today snow showers are expected in western Maine this afternoon, and breezy conditions will make cold temperatures feel even colder across the state. It must be winter!
It will be a good idea to get all errands run before Saturday afternoon, then settle in for the potential of an old-fashioned snowstorm.
Stay tuned to your favorite forecaster to see how this storm will affect your area. Storm watches may be extended, or altered, and warnings or advisories may be issued closer to the event. For more weather information:
- National Weather Service Gray
- National Weather Service Caribou
- MEMA's Watches and Warnings page (from both NWS forecast offices)
Can't remember those basic winter safety tips? Here's a reminder. For much more information on emergency preparedness in winter and all seasons, visit Maine Prepares.
- Stay informed: Listen to your radio, television, or NOAA Weather Radio, or visit one of the websites above for weather reports and emergency information as the storm progresses.
- Check on any neighbors and friends who might need help preparing for a storm.
- To help stay warm, eat regularly and drink ample fluids, but avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- If you lose power, and use a generator, use it ONLY outdoors, never in a basement or attached garage. Carbon monoxide kills.
- Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
If you are working outdoors
- Cover your mouth. Protect your lungs from extremely cold air by covering your mouth when outdoors. Try not to speak unless absolutely necessary.
- Dress in layers -- air gets trapped in between layers of clothes and helps keep you warm. If you are exercising outside (whether it's shoveling or splitting wood), you can take off a layer, and then put it back on when you start to cool down.
- Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly. Avoid cotton as your first layers, as it retains moisture; a synthetic that wicks away sweat works best next to the skin.
If you must drive
- Drive only if it is absolutely necessary.
- Drive slowly and carefully. Maintain a safe distance behind other cars.
- Watch out for "the other guy" (and don't be the other guy.
- For road condition information, visit visit 511 Maine, DOT's Travel Information Service or dial 5-1-1
- For more winter driving tips, visit Maine DOT
After the storm
- Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. Before you go out to shovel snow, do some stretches to limber up.
- Clear snow from your roof. We'll be getting more of it this winter, and the weight could damage your roof.
- Clear snow away from all chimneys and vents, to prevent carbon monoxide buildup inside your house.
- Clear snow away from outside fuel storage tanks, and the filler pipes for your oil tank
- Offer to help neighbors and friends who may need help shoveling out
Enjoy the winter
Snow may not seem like a blessing while you're shoveling it, but think about weekends ahead when you can dress warmly and get out to snowmobile, snow-shoe, cross-country or downhill ski. Maine in the winter is a beautiful place.