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Warmer Temperatures and Less Snowfall Expected Winter 2018-2019


Are you dreading the upcoming winter weather? The good news is; this winter is expected to be a mild one for most of the United States. The U.S. is currently in an El Niño phase, which is the warm phase of the El Niño Southern Oscillation. This phase is a result of sustained warmer temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean since June of 2018. The water has been 0.3ºC above normal, and are expected to climb another 0.2 ºC, which will ensure the El Niño phase occurs. The Great Lakes and Northern Rockies will experience above average temperature anomalies, while other areas will be affected differently. However, winter storms are still highly probable, so it's important to be prepared.To learn more and find out about winter weather predictions in your area, visit the Winter Weather Outlook 2018 page.


Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. Taking steps early to prepare for a storm is the best way to keep you and your family safe. Heavy snow and winds can create power outages that can knock out furnace activity, leaving your home vulnerable to dangerous temperatures. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prepare you and your family for a winter storm.

Below you will find a list that offers safety tips, emergency kit guidelines and pet preparation ideas to help you plan for a storm. Each article is filled with the best practices, tips and tricks to keep you and your family as safe as possible. We have post-storm information for storm aftermath and cleanup. 

You will also find tips about how to winterize your home and tools as the cold and snow approach.





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Winter Preparation 101

There are measures you can take to ensure that you are as prepared for this winter. Check out these helpful tips as you prepare to winterize your home.

  Winterizing Your Home - Tips to protect your home and save money during the cold winter months. 

   Winterizing Power Engines- Learn how to winterize your summer toys. Tips for pressure washers, ATVs, boats and more.

​   Proper Tool Storage - Properly storing power tools and pressure washers during the winter months is essential to keeping them in prime condition for next summer. 


   Power Outage Preparedness - Steps to take to prepare you and your family for a power outage caused from a winter storm.

   Winter Pet Preparation - Pets are an important part of your family. Learn tips to protect them during winter storms and cold weather. 

   Portable Generator Maintenance - Oil and fuel maintenance tips to prepare your portable generator for use. 

   Maintenance Kits for Cold Weather - Maintenance tips to keep your home generator running during the coldest months. 

   Preserving Home Standby Oil - Tips on how to increase your home standby generator's lifespan by maintaining good oil quality.

   Outdoor Power Equipment Safety - Follow these tips for safe operation of your portable generator in your home, work, or recreational environment.

A Storm Hit, Now What?

Information on what to do after your home has been affected by a storm.

   Home Standby Sizing Calculator - Use the home standby sizing calculator to find the best Home Standby unit to protect your whole home. 

   Portable Generator Sizer - Use the portable generator sizing calculator to find the best portable generator for your temporary power needs after a storm.