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The coldest air of the season so far is on the way, and with it likely lasting through at least mid-December, focus in the forecast shifts to snow. Yes, the dreaded “S” word. Still, preparing sooner, rather than later can help keep you safe while on the roads this winter.

We could possibly be seeing the first snow of the season to stick to roadways this weekend. As of now, it doesn't look to be a lot, but things can change between now and then. Preparation is always a good idea. While we're not expecting a crippling amount, the first snowfall of the season always catches people by surprise.

When the first snow of the season happens, we'd all like to be at home, in front of the fire, while the little ones play outside. However, this is more often than not, just a fairytale. Plan are made, and obligations must be kept, and that puts people on the roads. Here are ways you can plan ahead to be prepared for when the first flakes fall.

1. Pack the Car

Traffic jams are possible, but so are accidents. Winter driving conditions can keep you on the road longer than you like. It's always a good idea to have the vehicle packed with items that will keep you comfortable until you start moving, or if you have to wait for help. Items that will come in handy:

  • Water

  • Blankets

  • Extra Warm Clothing

  • Car Charger

  • Jumper Cables

  • Snacks or dry food that won't go bad.

  • A flashlight with extra batteries

  • Shovel and ice scraper

  • Small First Aid Kit

2. Check the Tires

It seems like common sense, but tires are the best weapon you have when battling snow. Check the thread on the tires. Use the coin and tread method and check for balding. You'll need all the traction you can get as roads become slippery. Change to snow tires if your state allows. Also, keep tires properly inflated to get the best amount of traction on all pressure points.

3. Check the Brakes

Brakes will make or “break” you in the winter season. It goes without saying that if your car is due for new breaks or if you haven't changed them in a while, it's a good idea to take care of that now. Even if you do drive slowly in the snow, slides are possible. Brakes are your friend.

4. Fuel Up

Keep your fuel levels up to at least half so you have enough for keeping the car warm if stranded. Don't run your car continually if you know help is on the way. If stranded for a while, use fuel sparingly.

5. Know Before You Go

Check your city or state website regarding travel in snow conditions. Know what streets are designated “snow routes” and memorize which streets are likely to be plowed more often. This will help you create a safe route home and assures you will have the best conditions from point A to B.

6. Have a Plan

Use the time BEFORE a snowfall to discuss plans for your family if necessary. If you have children that drive, make sure they know what to do and where to go if road conditions begin to deteriorate. Remember that cell phone reception is not always reliable and cell phones lose charge. A plan will come in handy when phones don't.



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Check back tomorrow for useful tips when on the roads during winter travel conditions.

- Meteorologist Seth Phillips

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