Winter Storm & Extreme Cold

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Terms

Winter Weather Advisory: Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.

Winter Storm Watch: A winter storm is possible in your area. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for more information.

Winter Storm Warning: A winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area.

Blizzard Warning: Sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow (reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile) are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer.

NWS: National Weather Service.

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Winterize Your Home:

  • Extend the life of your fuel supply at home by insulating walls and attics.
  • Caulk and weather-strip your home doors and windows, install storm windows, and consider covering your windows with plastic.
  • Outfit fireplaces with a tight-sealing damper and keep it closed when not in use. If a fireplace is used infrequently, use a chimney block to elimiate heat loss.
  • Make sure kitchen and bathroom vent dampers close properly.
  • Additional Home Safety Tips

Winterize Your Car:

  • Battery and ignition system should be in top condition and battery terminals clean.
  • Ensure antifreeze levels are sufficient to avoid freezing.
  • Ensure the heater and defroster work properly.
  • Check and repair windshield wiper equipment; ensure proper washer fluid level.
  • Ensure the thermostat works properly.
  • Check lights and flashing hazard lights for serviceability.
  • Check for leaks and crimped pipes in the exhaust system; repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
  • Check brakes for wear and fluid levels.
  • Check oil for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
  • Consider snow tires, snow tires with studs, or chains.
  • Replace fuel and air filters. Keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas.
  • Additional Driving Tips 

Guidelines for Action:

  • Listen to your radio, television, or NOAA Weather Radio for weather reports and emergency information.
  • Sign up for the City of Boston's Emergency Alert System Alert Boston.

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