Severe Blizzard headed towards New England

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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%.

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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Winter Weather Advisory Counties affected: Elkhart; La Porte; Lagrange; St. Joseph; Steuben Expires 4:00 PM on Friday, December 9th 2016 Winter Weather Advisory issued December 08 at 4:10PM EST until December 09 at 4:00PM EST by NWS NorthernIndiana ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EST /3 PM CST/ FRIDAY... HAZARDOUS WEATHER... * LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS WITH BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL EXPAND IN COVERAGE AND INCREASE IN INTENSITY DURING THE LATE EVENING AND OVERNIGHT HOURS. THE MORE SIGNIFICANT LAKE EFFECT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED FROM LATE THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES POSSIBLE BY LATE FRIDAY. LESSER ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF LA PORTE COUNTY. * WIND CHILLS 10 ABOVE TO 15 ABOVE ZERO. IMPACTS... * SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY ROADS ARE EXPECTED ESPECIALLY FROM LATE THIS EVENING INTO FRIDAY. * REDUCED VISIBILITY CAN BE EXPECTED IN THE HEAVIER SNOW SHOWERS.

 

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What temperature does salt & ice melt work?

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:

 

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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.