Dangerously Cold Temps are Coming to Massachusetts, Break Out the Dry Gas
In the grand scheme of things, Massachusetts has had a pretty mild winter so far. Sure, we have had a couple of snowstorms here and there but it's been few and far between and below average for this time of year. On the temperature front, Massachusetts has been pretty decent as we haven't really experienced bitterly cold temperatures...yet. I say "yet" because that is about to change very soon.
Massachusetts Can Expect Bitterly Cold Temperatures Within the Next Few Days
The middle to end of this week is going to cool way down for Massachusetts and New England residents. Starting tonight (Jan. 31) the low will be hovering right around 10 degrees. We'll see highs between 30 and 35 for the next couple of days but come Friday, the high is going to fall to right around 13 degrees with Saturday's high falling into the lower single digits. As you can imagine Friday and Saturday are going to have some bitterly cold low temperatures at night. Friday night will be around -15 and Saturday will be around -3. Luckily by Sunday, we will be back to some normal temperatures, basically what we have been experiencing for the past couple of days or so.
Massachusetts Residents May Want to Check Out Their Vehicles Before the Frigid Temperatures Arrive
With the chilly temperatures coming to Massachusetts, it may be a good idea to check out your car. Make sure it's running and that the fluids are at the correct levels. Also, make sure you have the proper pressure in your tires as tire pressure has been known to fluctuate quite a bit when temperatures are jumping around especially when they are hitting those frigid numbers. Also, you'll want to make sure you have plenty of gas in your car and it wouldn't hurt to dump a container of dry gas (HEET fuel additive) in your tank. By doing so you can keep your fuel lines from freezing.
Regarding the fuel additive, it's actually recommended that you fill your tank with the substance throughout the winter, not just on bitterly cold days. According to Blain's Farm and Fleet, this is when you should be using a fuel additive for your vehicle:
Many mechanics recommend that you pour a bottle of Heet into your fuel tank every time you fill up during the winter months. This is the best practice when it is consistently below twenty degrees. However, if temperatures are closer to thirty, you may only need to use it once every two or three fill-ups.
Remember prevention is key. Make sure your vehicle is in good working order prior to the arrival of the frigid temperatures. If you are unable or uncomfortable doing this yourself, you can always have a mechanic check everything out and do a once over so you'll be good to go when the deep freeze arrives.