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More snow on the way

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Catherine W. Idzerda
February 16, 2008
— Here’s some happy news: The owner of a 20-by-30 foot driveway has shoveled 8.9 tons of snow this winter.

No kidding. That’s 17,774 pounds of snow.


And here’s some even happier news: On Sunday, we’re getting more snow.


The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from Sunday morning through Sunday evening. Icy rain and sleet is expected Saturday night, with snow scheduled to start early Sunday morning.


And now, the best news of all: Snow amounts could total 6 to 8 inches in south central Wisconsin, breaking Janesville’s 78-year record of 67.3 inches set in the winter of 1978-79.


As of Friday afternoon, 66.1 inches have fallen on Janesville.


What does that mean?


First, plan on doing all of your weekend errands Saturday morning.


Next, start limbering up for the next round of shoveling.


All right, all right, there’s no use crying. Winter will be over eventually.


To help you get through Sunday’s shovel, we talked to Bill Canovan, physical therapy supervisor at Dean Clinic.


“I’ve think we’ve seen an increase in patients because of the volume of the snow,” said Canovan.


Here are Canovan’s tips to avoid back strain and pain.


--Warm up before shoveling with stretching or heat. Stretch afterward, too.


--If possible, push the snow out of the way rather that lifting it.


--Try to lift and dump snow in small movements, rather than flinging out your arms.


--When you’re lifting snow, bend at the hips and the knees rather than using your back.


--When you’re turning to throw snow, turn with your whole body, not just your spine.


--Take smaller shovelfuls. Even if you’re using proper body mechanics, too much snow is too much snow.


--Take frequent breaks. This will protect your back and your heart.



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