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November 19 is Winter Weather Awareness Day

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It won't be long before we'll have to get out and shovel sidewalks and driveways and scrape ice off of windshields. While we many not WANT to think about that yet, the National Weather Service says we SHOULD start thinking about it. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more. Today (11/19) is Winter Weather Awareness Day."It's basically to alert people that we are approaching the winter season, and we can get, in the Ozarks here, snow storms and, as we've seen in the last couple of years, ice storms and just to get yourself ready for those kind of conditions."Steve Lindenberg is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield. He says there are some things you should keep in mind as winter approaches."For your car, maintain at least a half tank of gas is usually a good idea. Have a winter emergency kit in your car that usually contains a windshield scaper, a shovel, flashlight, radios and batteries, water and tow chains, booster cables and flares, that kind of thing."According to the National Weather Service, above normal temperatures and near to slightly above normal precipitation are expected this winter. But National Weather Service officials say the area will still experience a variety of winter weather conditions from mild spells to bitter cold.You should keep the last two winters in mind, especially the ice storm in January '07, as we head into this one. 26 Missourians died during the winter of '06-'07 as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Deaths also occur in winter from snow and ice and exposure to cold. Find tips for staying safe at crh.noaa.gov/sgf.For KSMU News, I'm Michele Skalicky.