With the temperatures dropping that means it's time to start thinking about getting ready for the winter. And experts are warning folks to get supplies a little earlier this year.
Troy Schulte, a Lowe's manager, is pulling out his winter gear in anticipation of a shopping rush. "We take a pretty good look at the forecast. Keep an eye on what's coming to down the road," Schulte said.
But if you're going out for supplies, Schulte has a bit of advice.
"You know you have a check list at home of what they are looking for," Schulte said. "Do they have the rock salt to met the ice? Do they have a shovel that's in good working order?
The big tip is being prepared before hand. A lot of people wait until the storm hits and that's what can get you in trouble.
"They may not even be able to get out. They may have roads closed. They may not even be able to move and then they're stranded. They're stuck and that's what we don't want," Schulte said.
If you can't get to it before severe weather hits, at least have a plan. Make sure that you're starting to monitor the weather radio again and you want to make sure you're double checking to see if the roads are icy.
And don't forget a disaster kit. Drinking water, flashlights, non perishable food and even toys to keep the kids occupied a good kit can go a long way in case of emergency.
"Before you leave you want to make sure you have your disaster kit in your car," says Erin Miller of the American Red Cross.
The first winter mix is always a good reminder of what's to come. So please don't get caught slipping.
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