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November 14, 2017

Nov. 15 is Winter Weather Awareness Day

Submitted by Michael Bear

Nov. 15 is Winter Weather Awareness Day for Kansas. Winter weather is always difficult to predict, but the National Weather Service is anticipating even more of challenge this year due to the weak La Nina system. 

The following tips will help you stay safe this winter: 

• For winter safety tips check out the National Weather Service Winter Weather Safety Page.

• The biggest weather hazard in Kansas is icy roads, so you need to be prepared when traveling during the winter as well. The best way to counter this hazard is slow down. You want to do everything slower and lighter than you normally would. Hitting your gas pedal, slamming your breaks or cranking your wheel too quickly is a surefire way to lose traction on an icy or wet road.

• A little planning goes a long way. Be sure to check the weather forecast along your trip by visiting weather.gov. Visit the Kansas Department of Transportation website to access information about your road conditions including webcams.

• An emergency kit is essential in case you become stranded. Check out this list of emergency supplies to make your own car emergency kit.

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