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Preparing for winter weather

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Winter probably isn't at the top of many minds right about now, but the nice sunny days we're seeing will soon give way to bitter cold and slippery conditions out on the road.
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Winter probably isn't at the top of many minds right about now, but the nice sunny days we're seeing will soon give way to bitter cold and slippery conditions out on the road.

That's why the National Weather Service is kicking off Winter Weather Awareness Week, a reminder to be ready.

"You’re not going to be killed by snow, but by the indirect effects and we just want people to be prepared, so they stay safe and reduce fatalities," said National Weather Service Meteorologist, Monica Traphagen.

One of those indirect effects is getting stranded. The best way to be prepared is to keep a kit in your car.

"It's a two day kit. It's got ponchos, it's got food, toilet paper, water all in there. You can just grab it and go or leave it in your car," said Howard Michaels, of Lowes.

A move that could save your life, but getting ready for winter is also about saving money around the house.

Make sure to winterize the swamp cooler and check the doors and windows where the warm, inside heat can slip out.

"An easy way to do that is turn all the lights off at night, have somebody go out with a flashlight, if you see light you need a seal," said Michaels.

To seal in more savings make sure to change the filter as you fire up the furnace and get any pipes that are exposed to the cold covered up.

During the winter it's also very important to stay informed of storms and temperatures that are moving in.

The best way to do that is to check the ABC 4 Utah forecast everyday.

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