Edison, NJ - A winter storm dropped over four inches of snow last night as residents dig out and prepare for another storm tomorrow. The storm that is coming Sunday into Monday 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, Edison can expect Rain and snow likely before 8pm on Sunday, then snow. Low around 32. Light and variable wind becoming north 5 to 9 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 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. 

TAPinto Edison will update as more details of the storm become available throughout the weekend.