|GOES-13 satellite image shows the 2 storms combining 2/8/13 Cr:NASA|
As a meteorologist, I have several recommendations for New Englanders regarding the massive snow storm. **Assemble needed things in one place in case the lights go out to make them easier to find: including bottled water, extra blankets, flashlights, a radio with batteries. Make sure you have enough dry food (cereal, poptarts, bread, crackers) handy. ***The depth of the snow expected will likely tax people's health, so if you're shoveling- take frequent breaks. Often, heart attacks result from overdoing it- and with 1 to 2 feet of snow, it's easy to overdo.
**Please call on elderly neighbors
**DIG a path in your backyard for your dog. ** Never leave pets outside- let them out for 5 minutes. Their noses, eyes, and skin experience the same wind chills you do.
*** The winds, gusting as high as 50-60 mph will create bitter wind chills and white out conditions. * Please ensure that all skin is covered (wind chills may be below zero).
****Plan to stay inside and OFF of the roads for a couple of days unless it is a medical emergency or you are critical in your job. Snow like this will require DAYS of cleaning, and plowed snow piles will be several feet high.**