It’s getting to be that time of year: Here are some winter weather prep tips

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While this Thanksgiving weekend looks to be on the warmer side (well, for late November) winter is coming in fast and it’s essential to be prepared.

Thanksgiving day looks like it’s going to be beautiful with sunny weather expected and highs at nearly 60, per the National Weather Service. Rain is predicted but should hold off until about 1 a.m. Friday morning.

Rain will continue for most of the day Friday with highs in the low 50s and lows in the 30s. Unfortunately, it looks like rain will continue throughout Saturday and Sunday with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s with no expectation of freezing rain or snow.

It looks like we won’t be having a white Thanksgiving this year. However, storms can come in fast, and as we get closer to winter, it’s important to be prepared.

According to the Farmers Almanac, this winter looks like it could be a bad one. Per their extended winter forecast, the Ohio Valley region (which includes Northern Kentucky) is expected to get “unreasonably cold and snowy weather” this winter.

The CDC recommends you always have a plan in place for a bad storm.

Some overall suggestions they make when weatherproofing your home is to insulate water lines that run along exterior walls, insulate your windows and doors with caulk and weather strips and cover them in plastic to keep the warm in.

Repairing any roof damage and cutting back tree branches that may fall on your home in the case of a bad storm are all structural repairs the CDC recommends staying on top of. They also suggest having your chimney or flue inspected each year if you plan on lighting fires in your fireplace.

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Lest your power goes out; this can lead to lots of problems other than just the cold. The CDC stressed the importance of always having working smoke detectors with batteries and installing a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector.

While you never want to drive in a winter storm, sometimes you have to or you might get caught in one you didn’t know about, which is why it’s important to have an emergency kit in your car at all times. The CDC also suggests keeping up with general car maintenance and getting snow tires if you live in an area where that is needed.

The CDC recommends the following items to be packed in your kit:

  • Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries
  • Items to stay warm such as extra hats, coats, mittens, and blankets
  • Windshield scraper
  • Shovel
  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Water and snack food
  • First aid kit with any necessary medications and a pocket knife
  • Tow chains or rope
  • Tire chains
  • Canned compressed air with sealant for emergency tire repair
  • Cat litter or sand to help tires get traction, or road salt to melt ice
  • Booster cables with fully charged battery or jumper cables
  • Hazard or other reflectors
  • Brightly colored flag or help signs, emergency distress flag, and/or emergency flares
  • Road maps
  • Waterproof matches and a can to melt snow for water

Before a storm rolls in, the CDC suggests keeping an eye on the weather forecast, filling your car up with gas and checking your supplies including food and water plus cold weather gear. As well, they remind pet owners to bring their pets inside or at least into adequately warm shelters with access to unfrozen water.

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