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Polar Vortex: It’s Back – Let’s talk about frozen pipes

It’s hard to imagine pitchers and catchers reporting in a mere 12 days while another polar vortex rips through the Midwest.  Arctic blasts plunging the thermometer to 27 degrees below zero in some states? It’s safe to say our friends in Minnesota won’t be throwing the baseball around in the backyard this week.  

But a baseball-less future is probably the least of your worries right now. Extreme cold is dangerous – and expensive, if the pipes in your house freeze and burst. Water damage could cost you as much as $5,000, if not more.  

Prep your pipes to prevent freezing 

There’s a lot you can do to prep for the worst. Consumer Reports has tips for keeping pipes unfrozen and how to thaw them out if they do freeze.

The I.I.I. also provides a checklist and a survival guide for winter weather prepping your home.  

How does insurance handle burst pipes? 

But if the worst does happen, your homeowners insurance will probably offer some coverage. Damage from burst frozen pipes is usually covered – as long as you’ve taken reasonable steps to prevent the freezing in the first place. Stay warm out there!

Dreaming of a White Christmas

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? The chances of that happening are revealed in an updated map from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).

The map shows the climatological probabilities of a white Christmas across the United States.

Based on the most recent 1981-2010 Climate Normals, the Probability of a White Christmas map shows the climatological probability (in percent) that a snow depth of at least 1 inch will be observed on December 25.

Not surprisingly, the highest probabilities are in northern and mountainous areas of the country (see below):

In the words of NCDC:

The actual conditions this year may vary widely from these probabilities because the weather patterns present will determine the snow on the ground or snowfall on Christmas day. These probabilities are useful as a guide only to show where snow on the ground is more likely.†

Time to check out I.I.I. tips on winter proofing your home.

See NCDC’s U.S. Daily Snowfall map to keep track of the snowfall across the U.S. on a daily basis.