Cold snap: Even the cows will stay inside
Unlike the ominous "polar vortex" responsible for the last round of super-cold weather, James Brown, a hydrometeorological technician for the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said this week's temperatures are the result of cold air moving southeast from the north — the way it usually does in the winter.
Highs in the teens are predicted for the southern part of the state until Saturday, with lows dropping into the single digits or below zero. Up north, low temperatures are expected to be well below zero. Wind is going to be a major factor this week, said Brown, especially in the mountains where wind chills may hit 20-below.
According to the National Weather Service, there will be snow showers today, with the Seacoast and southern region possibly seeing a bit more snow tonight into Wednesday.
With wind chill temperatures falling below zero, humans and animals are at risk for hypothermia and frost bite.
Dressing in layers and exposing as little skin to the cold as possible, or simply staying indoors, are the best protection.
Though her breed of cows is better adapted to the cold than the black and white Holsteins that dot the landscape in New Hampshire, they're better off in the barn, especially when there's ice on the ground.
The drivers for Palmer Gas/Ermer Oil Company in Atkinson don't have the luxury of staying in, general manager Joe Trefethen said.
"The phone has been ringing non-stop," he said Monday. "People just don't want to run out during a cold snap. It's good for business, but it makes for cold deliveries."
"People who have some problem with their stove suddenly realize they better get it fixed," said store manager Dave Miller. "We sell a lot of parts when it gets like this."