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Getting ready for winter: What you need to know

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

It may still be fall, but officials are telling people to get ready for winter now. While most weather models indicate an equal chance for below average, average, and above average winter weather, David Nadler with the National Weather Service said it's always best to prepare ahead of any storm.

The Tennessee Valley typically sees about 2.4 inches of snow each season, but that can increase with one big storm. The most significant winter weather event North Alabama has seen in recent years is the snowstorm that happened on January 9th-10th in 2011. That storm dropped around 6-12 inches of snow in some areas.

To prepare, the American Red Cross advises people to start stocking up for their winter emergency kit now. Some things to include in that kit are blankets, batteries, non-perishable foods, and water. Since a lot of winter weather happens around the holidays, when people are traveling, you should also have an emergency kit in your car. Things like a tow rope, cat litter, and a shovel could help if you get your car stuck.

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