Weathering Your First New Hampshire Winter

by Porcupine Real Estate 02/20/2020

New Hampshire winters can be pretty harsh, especially to those who've not experienced a New England winter before. Following are some tips to help you prepare & stay safe:

  1. During and after the first good storm, people will drive recklessly, so be sure to give yourself extra distance. Defensive driving is key.
  2. While not necessary, a set of winter tires or studded snow tires can make driving during a storm a little safer. .
  3. If you live outside of the city (or on the outskirts) you will lose power. Power will likely be restored within 12 hours. A generator is a good idea to have on-hand for times like these. Likewise, alternate heat sources (like wood stoves) will help heat your house during times like these.
  4. If you own a house, you'll want to invest in a snow blower. It's also a good idea to mark your driveway with snow poles. Since you can't tell where your driveway ends when there's a lot of snow on it, the poles will help guide you when you snow blow.
  5. Another essential if you own a house is a roof rake. Yes, people in New Hampshire rake their roofs. While it may sound funny, raking your roof will help to alleviate the snow load on your roof. 
  6. Make sure you have warm gloves and good comfortable boots.
  7. Buy a windshield scraper and car snow brush now while the selection is good. 
  8. Buy a remote car starter. You will appreciate the convenience of not having to run out to start your car in single-digit temperatures.
  9. Practice driving in the snow. If you can find a vacant parking lot, practicing how to get out of skids is a great idea.
  10. Load your car with a winter safety kit. You never know if you'll be stranded because of weather or road closures, so it's smart to have blankets, water, emergency food and anything else to keep you warm and safe should you get stranded.
  11. Finally go out and ENJOY the winter. Go skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating, ice fishing. Winter in New Hampshire is a beautiful time!

Thanks to Harrison & The Freecoasters for permission to edit & re-post this.