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Emergency officials urge people to prepare for snow storm

MADISON (WKOW) -- Tuesday's snow is just a taste of what is to come and emergency officials say it's time for everyone to get prepared. According to 27 News Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier, the snow will start coming down Wednesday evening and won't stop until around 6:00 p.m. on Thursday. Lindmeier said winds could get up for 40 miles per hour.

"We haven't had a big one in a while," Wisconsin Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Tod Pritchard said. While Wisconsin Emergency Management is constantly monitoring the storm, Pritchard said people should be thinking about getting ready too.

"I think the first thing you should think about is changing your plans for Thursday," he said. A lot of folks could be stuck at home. Pritchard suggests making sure you have plenty of water and non-perishable food in case the power goes out.

You can monitor the roads using the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's 511 system. If you're going to be traveling, the Dane County Sheriff's Office suggests you check things before hand: antifreeze level, battery, brakes, exhaust system, fuel and air filters, heater and defroster, oil, thermostat, windshield wiper equipment and tires.

Cars should be re-fueled, according to Pritchard. "We really encourage folks to have a winter emergency kit in their cars," he said.

Ready Wisconsin has a full list of items to make a winter survival kit. Some of those include a shovel, windshield scraper, flashlight, battery powered radio, matches, winter gear, first aid kit, blankets, jumper cables and emergency flares.


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