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Above Average Temperatures Mark Winter Weather Awareness Day

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Although temperatures are well above normal today in the Ozarks, the National Weather Service and state and local emergency management agencies want you to start thinking about winter.

Today is Winter Weather Awareness Day.  Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin says now is the perfect time for you to prepare for winter snow and freezing temperatures.

Some things you should know as winter approaches include terms used by the National Weather Service:  a winter storm watch means severe winter weather may affect your area, and a winter storm warning means severe weather conditions are on the way, and you should take precautions.  An ice storm warning is issued when ice accumulations of a quarter-inch or more are expected.

Some ways to be prepared at home include having basic resources such as a radio with new batteries, a supply of nonperishable food, bottled water and rock salt to melt snow on sidewalks or driveways.  Other things to have on hand are an alternate fuel source and a winter car kit that includes a blanket, hat and gloves, flashlight, booster cables and a first aid kit.

Martin says if you use propane, natural gas or kerosene you should have a carbon monoxide detector in your home.  And he reminds you to check smoke alarm batteries monthly

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.