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When the data lifts up your snow-day hopes just to have them be shattered

That’s what happened to Hanover High kids today. Amanda pointed out last night that the (very good) student newspaper, the Hanover High Broadside, was looking at the Snow Day Calculator, which was giving Hanover a 99 percent chance of a snow day today.

(BTW, the topic of the Snow Day Calculator is funny to me, because it’s a good example of one of the few things I am too old to really know about — except that my partner used to monitor it pretty frequently when he worked at Thetford Academy for four years. But like, remember the good ol’ days of waiting through the alphabet to see whether your school comes up on the list of closings on TV???? Now I think you probably just Google it, or something.)

Well, anyway. They didn’t have a snow day. And THEN, to add insult to injury, they got evacuated into the snow, temporarily, due to a small fire that was reported in a school bathroom.

Sorry, friends.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

A collection of photos and videos showing the Upper Valley ice jams, flooding and aftermath

Laurie Hatch and her son Brayden, 8, of North Hartland, Vt., look out across the Connecticut River in Windsor, Vt., on Jan. 13, 2018. Ice dams had built up along the river causing flooding. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Got more photos and/or videos? Email me at mcassidy@vnews.com.

Also, here’s our Sunday story on all the flooding.

Standing on Smith Drive looking at South Road in West Canaan NH on Jan 13. I did not go any further as I live on Smith Drive, didn’t seem worth the possible damage to my vehicle to try and drive through it. (Sharon L. Stacy photograph)

Red Cross issues safety steps ahead of WINTER CYCLONE

Tribune News Service.

Here’s the news release from the Red Cross of New Hampshire and Vermont:

CONCORD, NH. / BURLINGTON, VT. – Wednesday, January 3, 2018 – A strong winter storm is delivering extremely cold weather, snow, ice and blizzard conditions from Florida to New England and the American Red Cross is preparing to help where needed.

The storm is bringing snow and ice to areas not used to winter weather – winter storm watches and warnings are up from Florida to Virginia. The storm will hit the Mid-Atlantic coastal areas as early as Thursday, and strengthen to blizzard conditions as it moves into New England.

As the storm moves offshore, more numbing cold is predicted for the eastern half of the country.

The National Weather Service reports ice is already accumulating in parts of Florida and Georgia. The entire state of Georgia is on alert for winter weather and freeze warnings. The Red Cross is working with officials and has shelters on stand-by in case of power outages.

Throughout New Hampshire and Vermont, the Red Cross have been supporting several warming centers by supplying cots, and are working with officials to determine if more help is needed.

WINTER SAFETY TIPS

The Red Cross has steps people should follow to stay safe during severe winter weather:

  • Wear layers of clothing, a hat, mittens and waterproof, insulated boots.
  • Be careful when tackling strenuous tasks like shoveling snow in cold temperatures.
  • Check on your neighbors, especially elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.
  • Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
  • Watch for hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia symptoms include confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Frostbite symptoms include numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, or waxy feeling skin.

WINTER TRAVEL SAFETY

Stay off the road if possible during severe weather. If you have to drive in winter weather, follow these tips:

  • Make sure everyone has their seat belts on and give your full attention to the road.
  • Don’t follow other vehicles too closely. Sudden stops are difficult on snowy roadways.
  • Don’t use cruise control when driving in winter weather.
  • Don’t pass snow plows.
  • Ramps, bridges and overpasses freeze before roadways.

PREVENT HOME FIRES

With the cold temperatures there is often a rise in the number of home fires. Follow these tips to help prevent a fire in your home:

  • Keep all potential sources of fuel paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs – at least three feet away from sources of heat.
  • Never leave portable heaters and fireplaces unattended.
  • Place space heaters on a level, hard and nonflammable surface. Keep children and pets away from space heaters. Look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over.
  • Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
  • Keep fire in your fireplace by using a glass or metal fire screen.

DOWNLOAD APPS People can download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to weather alerts for their area and where loved ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.