Severe Blizzard headed towards New England


A winter weather advisory is in effect from 9 a.m. Thursday until noon on Friday for the Capital Region, according to the National Weather Service. The storm will rapidly intensify along the New England coast Thursday night, bringing heavy snow to parts of northern New England into early Friday morning. The heavy snow and increasing winds will cause blizzard conditions in Maine and New Hampshire. Warmer temperatures along the Interstate 95 corridor from Boston to New York City will bring heavy rain to those areas. The forecast for the Capital Region calls for 1 to 3 inches, with more snow predicted just east of the Capital Region. Today: A slight chance of snow, mixing with rain after 10 a.m., then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. West wind 7 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday: Cloudy, with a low around 26. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph after midnight.

Thursday: Snow likely before noon, then rain and snow. High near 35. South wind 6 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Thursday night: Chance of rain and snow before 8 p.m., then a chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. West wind 6 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday: A chance of snow, mainly before 1 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. West wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Winter Storm Decima – Heavy Snow and Ice Expected in Midwest & Northeast


According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the arctic air mass will spread from the northern Plains and Midwest to the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast as a rapid arctic cold front.

High temperatures will be between 11 and 16.7 °C (20 and 30 °F) below average in the north-central US on December 14 and will spread eastward on December 15. The front will likely induce further lake effect snow downwind of the Great Lakes later in the day into December 15 (local time) while an arctic high-pressure field will produce another arctic air blast into the northern High Plains by December 16.

Winter storm warnings have been put in effect in regions between southern Washington and Oregon, Siskiyous, northern California, and parts of Idaho while winter storm watches are in place from the Sierra Nevada, California to parts of Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota.

The energy of the jet stream is expected to produce a low pressure field over the Plains, and move northeastward trough the central and the eastern US. The moisture associated with the system will meet the cold air from the north and form a high-pressure system over the eastern states. The resulting air mass could produce snowfall, sleet and freezing rain.

Dangerous travel conditions are expected across most of the central US into the coming weekend.  Blizzard conditions could affect Denver and Chicago while strong snowfall will likely cause traffic disruptions across the Rockies, Northern Plains, and Upper Midwest.

"Motorists and airline passengers may want to explore an alternate or more southern route as confidence is high that there will be widespread, major travel disruptions with this storm," said Brett Anderson, and AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist.

Dangerous driving conditions are expected around Chicago from December 15, and in Detroit on December 16. Freezing conditions, resulting from the remnants of rain which will change to snow are anticipated on December 17 in St. Louis. Freezing conditions are also in store for the area west and east across the Ohio Valley and lower Great Lakes on December 17 and 18.



Chicago Weather Warning: Snowy Weather as Winter Spreads Thoughout Midwest


A winter blast is packing single-digit wind chills and could bring the Chicago area several inches of snow this weekend.
Wednesday was a cold and blustery day, with high temperatures in the upper 20s and wind chills in the teens. High will remain below freezing through Sunday. Right now, a polar low pressure system is just to our north. Next week, a stronger, colder low dives our way – meaning even colder air. Highs will only in the teens a few days next week. 

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What Temperature Do Salt & Ice Melter Melt Ice?

Quickly removing ice from walkways, driveways and decks prevents slip-and-fall accidents that can cause serious injury. The problem with most ice melters, however, is that they are formulated with chemicals harmful to children and pets when ingested or brought in contact with their skin. They also damage driveways, kill vegetation and harm flooring when tracked into the house.

Safe Paw is the solution. It is a break-through ice melter that is both safe to use, works quickly and gets the job done at much colder temperatures than most ice melting products.

Comparing Melting Points of Leading Ice Melt Products

This list shows how Safe Paw stacks up against the most common ice melt formulas based on safety and their lowest effective temperature. All temperatures are Fahrenheit:




As you can see, only Driveway Heat and Excel 50 melt ice at a colder temperature than Safe Paw. The problem, however, is that those two products are calcium chloride (CaCl2) salt and are the most dangerous of all the products on the list.

The ice-melting benefits of products containing salt are outweighed by the fact that they are poisons that can cause skin burns and blistering as well as irritation to the mouth and throat and stomach upset. Safe Paw ice melt does not have salt and there are no ill effects associated with its use. It is completely non-toxic and does not cause irritation.

Note: Safe Paw is the only salt-free ice melt available. All others are salt-based including Road Runner, Zero Ice, Arctic, Qik Joe, Ice Vice and Peladow and those mentioned above.

Additional Benefits of Safe Paw Ice Melt

In addition to effectively melting ice in sub-zero temperatures and being safe to use, consumers choose Safe Paw instead of traditional ice melting salts for these reasons. Safe Paw:

  • Works more quickly than salt de-icers
  • Includes a traction agent that immediately helps prevent slips and falls while the ice is being melted
  • Uses an environmentally safe formula
  • Won’t corrode metal or harm decking material of any type
  • Won’t cause damage to asphalt, concrete or pavers
  • Does not kill vegetation
  • Won’t cause staining or deterioration of flooring materials such as wood, carpet, vinyl, tile, natural stone, etc.
  • Coats surfaces to keep them ice-free for up to three days after application

What Makes Safe Paw Different?

The difference is in Safe Paw Ice Melt’s proprietary formula. Let’s compare.

Salt-based ice melts: The most common compounds used in salt-based formulas are sodium chloride, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, urea and calcium magnesium acetate.  None of these compounds are safe for pets and kids. In fact, some are so poisonous that medical care might be required if they are ingested. The salt pellets or crystals often dissolve very slowly, so they remain on the surface longer where they attract the attention of pets and kids. The slow rate of dissolving also means that the walkway, driveway and deck are unsafe for a longer period than when fast-acting Safe Paw de-icer is applied. All salt-based ice melts pose additional threats to your driveway, landscape and home.

Safe Paw ice melt: Safe Paw is a salt-free ice melter, a formula with a patented blend that is customized to be both safe and effective. In fact, Safe Paw meets the strict criteria required to receive the U.S. EPA's Safer Choice Standard Award for environmental friendliness. Here is a breakdown of the proprietary dual-action formula and why it is more effective than salt:

  • An outer layer liquefies immediately upon contact to melt and break up the ice surface
  • The crystalline amide core of Safe Paw then quickly penetrates the structure of the ice where the added glycols break it down for faster melting or easier removal
  • Salt-free, so there is no danger of salt burns or poisoning

As you can see from the comparison of Safe Paw with salt-based ice melters, there really is no comparison. Safe Paw is more effective than most other products in quickly melting ice and preventing its return. Most importantly, it is safe to use where children and pets are enjoying their time outdoors.

Winter Storm Alert – Forecast calls for heavy snow in Quad-cities, Illinios


The National Weather Service has now issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Quad City metro area including Cedar, Clinton. Muscatine, Scott, Whiteside, Rock Island and Henry, Ill. counties. The warning calls for heavy snow and is in effect until 3 p.m. this afternoon.

The NWS says the heaviest snowfall is expected through 2 p.m. Snow accumulations could reach 6 to 8 inches.

Accumulating wet snow will lead to hazardous travel conditions. Roadways will be slick due to snow and visibility could be less than one quarter mile at times.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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Making Grooming Less Scary for Your Puppy A Step-by-Step Guide

Some puppy breeds require regular grooming in order to maintain their coat and prevent unnecessary medical conditions. Matted fur around their ears and eyes can cause permanent damage to their sight and hearing. Fur that is excessively dirty can cause skin infections and create a breeding ground for fleas and ticks.

Many people purchase fluffy puppies without realizing how hard it can be and how important it is to keep them groomed. Making sure that your pooch is comfortable with the grooming experience can save you both from stressful and potentially harmful experiences. A puppy that goes berserk whenever the clippers come out can accidentally injure himself or you. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make grooming less traumatizing for you and your little fur ball.

Step One- Touching

Start by touching your puppy’s ears and feet when you’re at home. It’s best to do this when your puppy is feeling calm and relaxed. The ears and paws are some of the most sensitive places on dogs and they are usually protective of these body parts. When you interact with these parts regularly, you can condition your dog to know that you’re not trying to hurt him when you reach for these tender areas.

Oral care is another aspect of keeping your dog clean and most puppies are not familiar with toothbrushes or having their mouth invaded. Start by getting your puppy used to the feeling of your finger in his mouth. Next, add a small amount of toothpaste to your finger and let him become familiar with the taste and smell. When your pup is used to this, you can upgrade to actual cleaning tools.

Step Two- Noise Desensitization

One of the scariest parts about grooming for a dog is the sound and feeling of the clippers. If you have a pair of clippers at home, bring them out and turn them on when your pooch is feeling relaxed. The purpose of this is to get them used to the sound.

Try lightly touching your puppy’s head and other places with the clippers to show him it doesn’t hurt. You can make this practice even more efficient by offering him treats while you do this. This helps create a positive association with the clippers. A loud electric toothbrush will also suit this training method.

Step Three- Move Slowly

This step applies to the previous two. When you bring out the clippers or other grooming tools, make sure you move slowly and cautiously toward your dog. Sudden movements can excite or frighten your pup which is not conducive to grooming. Let Spike sniff the tools and become familiar with them in his own puppy way.

Step Four- Minimize the Mess

You can help lessen the frequency and intensity of puppy grooming by minimizing the access your dog has to dirty places. Do your best to keep Fido out of the mud, rain and snow slush. Some products such as Safe Paw are designed to eliminate snow and ice on your driveway and patio. Safe Paw helps reduce the amount of snow and ice that can stick to your dog’s fur and paws.

Puppy Love and Safe Paw A Perfect Match – A Veterinarian’s Story

As a vet, I diagnose many conditions in dogs every week. Most problems are usually injuries, skin infections, and gastrointestinal problems. All these are easily treatable and most of the pets who are brought to usually recover pretty soon after I’ve given them injections or prescribed medicine.

The winter season is however a different case all together in terms of the cases I get to handle. Most dogs and puppies who are brought to my clinic present with skin and paw injuries and signs of calcium chloride poisoning. As a vet who has been in practice for several years, I am able to recognize the signs of calcium chloride poisoning immediately I see a dog who exhibits such signs.

Whenever a dog has been brought to me with such signs during winter, I attribute their problem to exposure to snow melters on roads and sidewalks which contain calcium chloride. After treating the dogs, I always ask their owners to ditch the snow melter they have been using and instead start using Safe Paw as it is very dog friendly.

I remember an incident when one gentleman brought his little German Shepherd to me with symptoms of calcium chloride poisoning and within the same day, a lady who lived in the same neighborhood came with her poodle who had also suffered calcium chloride poisoning. I treated both dogs and gave their owners the same advice of melting ice with Safe Paw. I was thinking the poodle would be last case I would see from that neighborhood with calcium chloride poisoning symptoms that week but I was wrong.

The next day which was a Friday, four dog owners from that neighborhood all brought their pets to me with calcium chloride poisoning. I treated the dogs but I never stopped there. I was alarmed by the high number of calcium chloride poisoning cases in that area and as a vet who has concern for pets, I felt I needed to something to help the dogs in that area that winter. I therefore organized with one of the dog owners who had come to see me to organize a meeting for me with dog owners in the entire neighborhood that Saturday so that I could advise them on what to do to end the problems the dogs were experiencing.

The meeting was quite successful. I had expected only a few dog owners to show up but it was quite the opposite, the elementary school room to in which we were meeting was packed full of dog owners and their dogs who were eagerly waiting to hear from me. I was a bit late as I had passed by a store to purchase samples of Safe Paw to show my audience.

I took the group through the importance of keeping their dogs safe during winter and also through the dangers of certain ice melters. I then told them about Safe Paw and showed them the bottles I had carried along. They came to an agreement that they were all going to be using Safe Paw to melt the snow on their driveways and sidewalks so as to protect all the dogs in that neighborhood. We all left feeling happy at the success of the meeting. To cut a long story short, no dog has been brought to my clinic with calcium chloride poisoning symptoms from that neighborhood ever since that day. My records can attest to this.

Safe Paw is both dog and child friendly. It is made from non poisonous yet effective ingredients. It has been used by many dog owners over the years to melt snow around their homes during winter. Safe Paw, which is manufactured by Gaia Enterprises, is 100% salt-free. It has in the past been issued with a PTPA Green Product Seal. It has also been listed in the Whole Green Catalog’s 1000 Best Things for You and the Earth.

How To Properly Bathe A Puppy

When you decide to keep a pet dog, it means you are ready to take up the responsibilities that come with it. You would want to maintain a high level of hygiene for your family’s and the dog’s sake, especially if it’s going to spend most of its time in the main house. Knowing about your dog’s hygiene needs is very important to avoid any complications. Bathing your dog occasionally is the very first step you take to ensure that it stays healthy at all times. 

If you train your dog to bathe at the puppy stage (about 8 – 10 weeks of age) you are likely to have an easy time doing it later-on. It definitely is the best way to train your puppy. So the big question is; how do you properly bathe a puppy?
Bathing a puppy is not much of a hustle; the process basically takes about 5 maximum. First, you need to know your requirements, and they include;

· Bathing unit – you might choose a basin, a or a small tub if you wish
· Puppy shampoo – make sure you get the best shampoo for your puppy
· Soft brush
· Nice fluffy towels
· Puppy treats
1. First, you need to ensure that the puppy is happy during this important moment. To do this, you will have to feed it with the puppy treats. It helps make the process easier in the long run.

2. The soft brush is purposely meant to brush the puppy’s coat before the bath. This will ensure that the puppy’s coat doesn’t get knottier after the bath.

3. The bathing water should be warm, not hot or not so cold. It’s best to test it yourself before bathing the puppy. Lukewarm should be the ideal temperature to use.

4. Gently wet the puppy all over using a cup or water sprayer; be keen to avoid getting water on the puppy’s ears, nose and eyes as it may agitate them. 

5. Pour a little shampoo to your hand and gently lather-up the puppy. Ensure that the shampoo gets to every part of the puppy’s body avoiding the face area including the ears. Focus more on the back end, including under the belly and feet area.

6. Once the puppy is well shampooed rinse all the shampoo leather from its body. Be very cautious at this stage as you should leave any shampoo on the coat as it can irritate your puppy later on. To ensure that your puppy is well rinsed, confirm the water running down from its body is clear.  

7. Then using the fluffy towel, wrap up your puppy and dry it off gently. Ensure its fur is as dry as possible, you can further opt to use a hair drier but avoid getting it close to the puppy as you can easily burn it. 

8. You can finish off the process by brushing the fur with the soft brush to straighten its coat for a smooth appearance.
The first bathe experience matters a lot to the young puppy, it will make a difference on its next bathe so you have to ensure that you do everything right from the first time. 

It is important to keep you pet safe from the harsh winter conditions with SafePaw pet safe ice melter.

Worst Snowstorms In U.S. History: Will 2016 Make This List?

The 1888 Great Blizzard
This Great Blizzard started in March 12 and led to more than 50 inches of snow in different areas. In fact it led to more than 52 feet of snow, with more than 400 people dead in the North Eastern region. In the capital city alone, that is New York, it left almost 200 dead.

The 1978 Blizzard
This snowstorm happened in February 1978 with snow falling in every place. In Rhode Island alone, it led to more than 40 feet. During this period the snow fell for a continuous 33 hours causing millions of damage to property.

Storm of the Century
This is another snowstorm that happened in 1993. Here, the cyclone moving across the Mexican Gulf led to the falling of snow in Southeast, Northeast and Mid Atlantic. It led to the destruction of roofs, trapping hiking entourage and leaving 270 dead. At the end of the mishap, it left 56 inches of snow in Tennessee and 50 in North Carolina. This storm is also known to cause air transport chaos in the East Coast.

Presidents Day Storm
This is one of the recent snowstorms happening in 2003 reaching a height of 16.7 feet. This snowstorm affected Boston and Washington DC during the weekend. It is said that this arose as a result of El Nino heat. It also resulted to heavy snow, bitter cold and whiteout conditions. In Reagan, Washington and Baltimore airport, it reached 28.2 inches of snow.

Megalopolitan Blizzard
This blizzard occurred in February 11 1983. It reached 16.6 inches. This storm affected areas in Northwest Montgomery and parts of Frederick. This is the highest and most notable snow to be recorded in the area and it brought the region to a standstill. It shut down metro and major airports.

The 1996 Blizzard
This is one of the worst snowstorms in the US history during the winter season. It mainly affected the Northeast and led to billions of dollars in damage. The weather forecasters say the snow fell to a high of 35 inches with Philadelphia getting 35 feet. After the snow, there was flooding.

The Snowmageddon
This snowstorm happened in February. It came as two storms leaving a trail of destruction and record. In Washington, it left 32 inches of snow and during the second storm, almost 70% of the country was covered by snow.

1996 Blizzard
This happened in the 6th of January 1996 beginning in the morning and leaving a 12 inch trail of fallen snow within 24 hours. This led to the closure of the federal govt services for up to a week and led to losses estimate to be worth 600 million dollars.

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Will The United States Get More Snow In February?

There is a likelihood that multiple storms in the coming week could merge with colder air settling into the east of the United States. This will in turn bring snow to some parts of the region. After almost-record warmth experienced in mid last week, colder air is expected to arrive into stages from later this week going into February. 
Gentle weather expected this weekend will change to more extreme in the course of next week. Several storms could result that are likely to have a considerable impact in parts of eastern US. Anywhere from late in the weekend up to next week, the jet stream will plunge southwards into the central states. This stream of strong winds aloft will lead to arctic air pouring southward over the Midwest and the Plains. 
According to meteorologist Henry Margusity, should that storm strengthen fast enough and pull in cold air at the last minute, there is a likelihood of a change to wet snow occurring. This would take place in the eastern parts of South and North Carolina during Sunday’s storm. Also, a second storm is likely to have wintry effect for the Northeast and the mid-Atlanta. 
By Tuesday of next week, the air is likely to be sufficiently cold enough to induce snow farther east, probably right into the Atlantic coast. All in all, how fast the formation of second storm occurs will determine the extent of the mid-Atlantic region gets accumulating snow. The chances of this accumulating snow and the likelihood of a significant snowstorm will rise further north from the mid-Atlantic’s upper part to New England. This will span between Tuesday and early Wednesday. 

Make sure to have Safe Paw ice melter ready for the storm.
The upcoming storm could trigger some snow during Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. As is the case with any pattern change, a period of uncertainty exists as well as likelihood for swings in weather forecast. Meteorologist Elliot Abrams admits that it is too early to predict what will happen until it is gauged how the two storms and the colder weather will interact with one another. 
Abrams is of the opinion that the driving force that will push the storm out to the eastern sea is an Alberta clipper system. This is a system whose origin is near the province of Alberta in western Canada. These fast-moving systems that are often without moisture can bring light to moderate rain and snow. 
The blizzard that was experienced in the US east coast in late January could have been the sequel to the above-mentioned event. Given that February is often the snowiest month of the winter, there is likelihood that it will be even snowier this year. Weather experts say that this could be due to the El Nino weather phenomenon. The historic blizzard brought much of densely populated East Coast to a standstill. A snowy gridlock closed businesses and government operations in Washington for almost three days. With more snow expected in February, there could be an increase in demand for home heating fuels, and more people are likely to stay at home. 

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