The National Weather Service predicted between three and seven inches of snow accumulation in Northport by the end of the day with brisk winds gusting up to 20 mph. Here are some tips to make the first snow of winter a breeze.
- Choose a snow shovel with a lightweight plastic or aluminum blade coated with a nonstick finish for heavy, wet snow. For light and fluffy snow try a a shovel with a C-shaped blade. S-shaped shafts will save your back by requiring less bending.
- Rock salt is cheap and works fine as a de-icer, but can be harsh on plants and leave stains on blacktop. Gentler, but pricier, options are magnesium chloride and calcium chloride.
- Spraying a magnesium chloride solution on a driveway a few hours before the snow can melt early accumulations and help prevent ice from forming.
- Wait for the snowplows and sand trucks to do their jobs before you go out driving. But if you must, remember to brake gently to avoid skidding, and ease off the brake if your wheels start to lock up. Use low gears for traction, especially on hills.
- Bridges and overpasses freeze faster, so watch out for ice if you are driving on these types of roads.
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