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You won't want to be stuck on I-90 without being prepared this winter. Check out these tips to keep your family safe when it's cold outside.

According to the National Weather Service in Chicago, most people aren't prepared when road conditions change and visibility drops, so get that winter survival kit ready now.

Pack it with things like a flashlight and batteries, a battery powered radio, a first aid kit, and blankets. NWS also recommends making a winter survival kit for your home, too.

Fill it with similar items you would with you car but toss in non-perishable food, water, and pet food, too!

If there are winter weather is coming try to stay in unless absolutely needed or it's an emergency.

Remember, a winter storm watch means hazardous winter weather is possible, a winter storm warning means winter weather is around the corner, and a winter weather advisory means travelling won't be easy and could be dangerous.

If there is a blizzard watch, just stay indoors. If there is a blizzard warning, don't even consider leaving.

When you do venture outdoors when it's freezing, make sure you're dressed appropriately. Here are some helpful reminders from NWS:

Wear loose, lightweight, warm clothes in layers. Remove layers to avoid sweat and subsequent chill. Wear water repellant and hooded outer garmets. Try to cover as much exposed skin as possible. Wear a hat and gloves/mittens. (Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves. Remember to stay dry!


For more important tips, check out the National Weather Service online.