Temperatures outside may be delightful, but the warm autumnal weather will end.
The question is when, and some area residents aren’t waiting until a cycle of cold days to prepare for winter.
“You know it’s coming,” Jim Nering of Masonville said Sunday after loading 200 pounds of wood pellets into his truck at Home Depot in Oneonta. The heater has been turned on at night and off in the morning, Nering said, and he has ordered 6 tons of pellets for his stove for this winter.
Customers at Home Depot and Lowe’s, another home improvement and supply store in Southside Oneonta, have been looking into products to winterize and heat homes, managers said.
Timber, insulation and window-weatherization kits are among products in demand, as well as yard clean-up supplies, Rebecca Scribani, an operations manager at Home Depot, said. Some models of portable heaters have sold out, she said, and customer requests for winter-related items will increase as temperatures drop, which could happen later this week.
Nancy Elliott of Maryland said the pre-winter to-do list includes having the furnace and snow-blower serviced. Autumn projects continue, including raking leaves and cleaning out gutters, she said after shopping at Home Depot.
“We just mowed the lawn,” Elliott said. “I’m not going to complain.”
High temperatures today, Tuesday and Wednesday are forecast to be in the 60s, with showers possible today and Wednesday, in the Oneonta and Cooperstown area, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton. Low temperatures will be in the 40s.
Temperature highs for days later this week are forecast to be in the 50s, the NWS said.
Brian Goodspeed of West Oneonta said his current contracting project is fixing doors to a basement. At home, two storm doors will be installed, among other winterizing tasks, he said Sunday.