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    Coldest Arctic Outbreak in at Least Two Decades is Expected This Week

    When temperatures plummet, the risk of your pipes freezing and bursting skyrockets. In fact, burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause thousands in water damage—easily $5,000 or more, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. The pipes most at risk are those in unheated interior spaces such as basements, attics, and garages. Even pipes running through cabinets or exterior walls can freeze. The good news is there are some simple things you can do to keep your water running and your house dry. “Pipe insulation can cost as little as 50 cents per linear foot at your…

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    Winter Storm Harper

    The first winter storm of 2019 approaches New Jersey Winter Storm Harper is already pummeling parts of the West with heavy snow and will spread its mess of snow, ice and wind into the Plains, Midwest and Northeast into this weekend. Be prepared for icy conditions. Now is the time to review your homeowners and auto insurance.

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    Flood Prevention Tips

    Rain and warming temperatures could cause flooding, check out some things every homeowner can do to avoid flood damage, from Roy Spencer, owner of Perma-Seal Basement Systems. Before the Flood All it takes is a few inches of water to cause major damage to your home and its contents. MORE: Flood Resources 1. Shovel/remove the snow away from your foundation and siding. 2. Make sure your sump pump discharge hose is free/clear and not frozen. 3. Check that the battery on your backup pump is charged. 4. Clear your window well drains, sewer drains and any landscaping drains in your yard. 5. Even if you’ve never had water in your basement,…

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    Prevent Frozen Pipes

    When water freezes, it expands. That’s why a can of soda explodes if it’s put into a freezer to chill quickly and forgotten. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way. If it expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes and serious damage results. Why Pipes Burst Surprisingly, ice forming in a pipe does not typically cause a break where the ice blockage occurs. It’s not the radial expansion of ice against the wall of the pipe that causes the break. Rather, following a complete ice blockage in a pipe, continued freezing and expansion inside the pipe causes water pressure to increase downstream — between the ice…

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    Weather-weary New Jerseyans are bracing for another round of winter weather

    Weather-weary New Jerseyans are bracing for another round of winter weather. Forecasters say Winter Storm Hercules should hit sometime Thursday and could drop several inches across the state before it exits early Friday. The precipitation is initially expected to be light, but will likely intensify by early Thursday evening. And temperatures should drop into the low single digits by Friday night, with subzero wind chills likely in most areas. Winter storm warnings were issued for northern Jersey, where 6 to 12 inches of snow is expected, while winter storm watches were issues for central and southern areas, which could get 3 to 7 inches. Those advisories will be in effect…

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    Forecasts call for up to 8 inches of snow in N.J. this weekend

    Another disruptive, but not disastrous, winter storm is expected to impact New Jersey this weekend, dropping several inches of snow across parts of the state and hindering travel Saturday, forecasters say. Light snow is expected to overspread the state Saturday morning, picking up in intensity as the day progresses before changing over to a wintry mix or plain rain in some areas, where enough warm air infiltrates the atmosphere. Forecasts call for between two and eight inches of snow in New Jersey by Sunday morning, with the higher amounts expected west of Interstate 287, though the majority of the state should see some fresh powder. Since this morning, the National…

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    Thanksgiving travel delays seem likely as winter storm barrels toward N.J.

    It’s going to be a wet Wednesday in New Jersey. (AccuWeather.com) A deadly winter storm that hammered the West will arrive over New Jersey by Thanksgiving, likely making a cold, wet mess of holiday travel plans before blowing out to sea, forecasters said today. But for the glass-half-full crowd, here’s a grain of decent news: Meteorologists believe most of the state will see only rain and be spared the weather system’s snow-producing potential. That won’t be the story for everywhere, though. For those north of Route 78 — especially in the western portions of the state — snow, ice and sleet are likely in the mix, said Walter Drag, a metrologist…