Winter is right around the corner, and the Farmer’s Almanac has predicted a rough season for Colorado. While you can’t change the weather, you can prepare for frigid temperatures, snow, and ice. For anything you can’t do yourself, be sure to contact General Services Corporation and we can take care of it for you! Take a look at what’s in store for Colorado, and learn how to get ready for the winter ahead.
What the Farmers’ Almanac Predicts for Colorado
For centuries, both the Farmers’ Almanac and the Old Farmer’s Almanac have predicted annual weather conditions around the nation. With an accuracy rate of about 80 percent, these resources offer a reliable gauge of what to expect throughout each region.
This winter, the Farmers’ Almanac has predicted harsh conditions in Colorado, especially later in the season. While you might be looking forward to a white Christmas, you should also expect extreme cold temperatures and significant snowfall through February.
How to Prepare for a Rough Winter
A cold, snowy winter is nothing to take lightly, especially in Colorado. Take a few precautions to ensure that you stay comfortable, safe, and healthy throughout this frigid season.
Dress for the Weather
To get ready for winter weather, start with keeping yourself warm and dry. Wear layers like fleece tops and long johns, so you won’t have to worry about catching a chill. Protect your feet with a pair of insulated, waterproof boots, and stay warm with a down-filled parka. Layer up with a thick scarf and a hat that protects your ears. Don’t forget to protect your hands with a pair of gloves or mittens.
Winterize Your Vehicle
Prepare your vehicle for winter driving before the first snowflake falls. Start by scheduling winter vehicle maintenance, when your mechanic should check antifreeze levels, tire pressure, windshield wiper function, and brakes. Next, make an emergency kit for your vehicle with a windshield scraper, a shovel, sand, jumper cables, extra layers, and non-perishable snacks. Finally, brush up on winter driving tips, so you know how to stay safe on the road in snow, ice, and bitter cold.
Make Plans for Snow Removal
You won’t be able to hit the road without clearing the way first, so make snow removal a priority. Give yourself peace of mind by contracting professional snow removal services to keep your sidewalk, driveway, or commercial parking lot free from snow and ice all season long. Don’t hire just any company to tackle the snow, though. Look for a Certified Snow Removal Professional that offers experienced and reliable service.
Insulate Your Home
Keep your home cozy and warm by improving insulation and preventing drafts. Add weather-stripping around window frames and doorways to keep cold blasts from making their way inside. Check insulation levels in walls and the attic, and consider adding more to keep your whole home warm. Insulate exposed plumbing to prevent the pipes from freezing and keep the hot water flowing all winter long.
From snow removal to vehicle winterization to home insulation, you can stay one step ahead of winter weather. Colorado’s winter forecast might be intimidating, but with advance planning, you can easily get through the worst of the season.