Canadians love to talk about the weather AND worry about the coming winter. While winter officially starts on December 21, 2016, the Farmers’ Almanac predictions point to some snow and cold conditions in mid-November in the Northeast, Great Lakes, and Midwest. However, the good news is that the frigidly cold temperatures really won’t take hold until much later in the season.
DOWNRIGHT FRIGID FEBRUARY
The Farmers’ Almanac, which breaks the country into 7 zones, and offers predictions for three-day intervals, forewarns of a mixed bag of wintry weather for both December and January. But it’s really February when the frigid temperatures take hold (northern tier states could see ambient air temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero!). This is the month you want to make sure your heat works, your long johns are washed, and your slippers are nearby.
WHAT ABOUT SNOW?
Get the snow blowers ready in the East and umbrellas in the West! An active storm track will deliver above-normal precipitation to the Southeast, Northeast and New
England states throughout most of the winter, especially February (see above!). In addition, another active storm track from the Pacific will deliver a dose of above-normal precipitation across the Western States. Meanwhile, near or below-normal precipitation will cover the nation’s midsection.
Prepare with Winter Tires
Winter is fast approaching make sure you are prepared with the right Winter Tires this season. Did you know that having four winter tires on your vehicle reduces your braking distance by up to 25% or between 2 and 3 car-lengths? That could be the difference between worry-free stopping and a fender-bender, or worse, a severe accident.
To reward safe winter driving, Acumen Insurance is offering 5% – 10% savings on your auto insurance premium* if your car is equipped with four winter tires.
Why Use Winter Tires?
Winter tires have a special rubber compound and tread designed to handle winter weather. The tire tread remains flexible when temperatures drop below 7°C, preventing snow buildup and helping maintain traction on icy roads.