BLOOMFIELD, NJ - A winter storm dropped over four inches of snow Friday. A new storm is coming Sunday into Monday and is going to be stronger than the one that just came through.
The wintery weather was a frank reminder that winter is not over. The National Weather Service has issued a weather advisory for today and much of the State is under a winter storm warning tomorrow. According the the National Weather Service, residents can expect rain and snow likely after 1 p.m. on Sunday, then snow. Low around 30. Light and variable wind becoming north 5 to 8 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
To help make snow removal safer, the American Heart Association has compiled a list of practical tips.
- Give yourself a break. Take frequent rest breaks during shoveling so you don’t over stress your heart. Pay attention to how your body feels during those breaks.
- Don’t eat a heavy meal prior or soon after shoveling. Eating a large meal can put an extra load on your heart.
- Use a small shovel or consider a snow thrower. The act of lifting heavy snow can raise blood pressure acutely during the lift. It is safer to lift smaller amounts more times, than to lug a few huge shovelfuls of snow. When possible, simply push the snow.
- Learn the heart attack warning signs and listen to your body, but remember this: Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, have it checked out (tell a doctor about your symptoms). Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives — maybe your own. Don’t wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1.
- Don’t drink alcoholic beverages before or immediately after shoveling. Alcohol may increase a person’s sensation of warmth and may cause them to underestimate the extra strain their body is under in the cold.
- Consult a doctor. If you have a medical condition, don’t exercise on a regular basis or are middle aged or older, meet with your doctor prior to the first anticipated snowfall.
- Be aware of the dangers of hypothermia. Heart failure causes most deaths in hypothermia. To prevent hypothermia, dress in layers of warm clothing, which traps air between layers forming a protective insulation. Wear a hat because much of your body’s heat can be lost through your head.