It’s that time of year! The upper Midwest has been blasted with heavy snow, freezing temperatures, and howling winds, by Astro, the first named winter storm of the 2014-2015 season. According to the Weather Channel, “The highest snowfall totals so far were in the towns of St. Augusta and Cambridge, where at least 16.5 inches of snow were recorded. St. Cloud saw at least 13 inches, making Monday the snowiest day there in 49 years.” And if by chance you missed it, back in October, the Farmer’s Almanac shared their prediction that “the winter of 2014–15 will see below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation,” as well as “copious amounts of snow and rain for the eastern third of the country.”
Ice claims to the tune of $1 billion; is flooding next?
I’ve got to get home
(But baby, you’ll freeze out there)
Say, lend me your coat
(It’s up to your knees out there)
– Louis Armstrong, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
With New England and the East Coast bearing the brunt of Nemo this past weekend, it’s important to note that the end of the storm can be just the beginning of additional problems for those affected communities. As those of us in the snow belt know all too well, the aftermath of a winter storm can have an impact on a community for months. Cold temperatures, coastal flooding, and snow accumulations which melt and freeze repeatedly can create additional hazardous conditions. Here are three areas on which to focus ASAP: Continue reading