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Cold in Aftermath of Blizzard of 2015 to Make Cleanup More Difficult

By By Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist.
January 30, 2015, 6:00:36 AM EST

Lingering midwinter cold will only add to difficulties for cleanup and those without power after the Blizzard of 2015.

Gusty winds and low AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures will make for blowing and drifting snow and dangerous conditions to be outdoors unless properly dressed into Wednesday morning.

Large drifts will remain in the path of some roads following the storm through Wednesday.


Cold to Persist

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson, "In the wake of the blizzard, temperatures will average below normal most days for the remainder of January."

In areas of the Interstate-95 corridor hit by the blizzard, highs most days will be in the 20s to lower 30s with lows most nights falling into the teens through Friday.

While the cold will not be extreme through Friday, it will be cold enough to raise concerns for those without heat or limited heat in the wake of the storm.

People are encouraged to seek out a neighbor or shelter where heat is available to avoid the risk of hypothermia and frostbite.

"During much of the first week of February, blasts of arctic air are forecast to slice into the Northeast," Anderson said.

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High temperatures in the I-95 Northeast during the first week of February will average about 10 degrees lower when compared to most of this week.

When, How to Clean Up?

There will be a window of opportunity for storm cleanup Wednesday into Thursday with the aid of some sunshine.

Winds are forecast to diminish on Wednesday and will be relatively light Wednesday night into Thursday.

People who are removing the snow by hand are urged to do so in stages and not all at once to reduce the risk of injury, heart attack or stroke.


According to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, "Based on the water content of the snow and the amount of snow that falls, we expect a person shoveling a 10 by 10 patch of sidewalk or driveway to lift approximately 500 pounds in New York City."

"With more snow forecast for Boston and Long Island, a person shoveling snow in the same-sized area would lift between 600 and 1,000 pounds."

If you cannot remove large snowdrifts from your roof safely, seek professional help.

For those who are able, remember to clear a path to fire hydrants, in case of emergency. Avoid shoveling snow back into street or piling snow high near the curb at intersections.

More Snowstorms Coming

As if the blizzard and the cold that follows were not enough, additional storms are on the horizon. Plow crews and property owners from Long Island to Boston will want to make room for more snow.

While remaining in an active pattern, the next wave of snow, an Alberta Clipper, is forecast to swing through the mid-Atlantic and New England Thursday night and into Friday.

This late-week clipper is expected to be lighter and much less intense in nature than the blizzard that hit New England and Long Island to start the week. However, enough snow to shovel and plow is likely in parts of the central Appalachians to northern New England.

A storm is forecast to swing up from the Southwest states Sunday into Monday. There is the potential for significant snow and a wintry mix in New England and part of the mid-Atlantic with the storm at the start of next week.

Since the precipitation from the storm next week could add significant weight to flat roofs, property owners on Long Island and New England are encouraged to inspect the current depth of snow on their roofs and take appropriate action before the next storm arrives.

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