January is just about in the rear view mirror, and the last few weeks have been pretty unbelievable. The nice temps, and the lack of snowfall makes it feel like November. That said, according to the extended forecast, the outlook for February doesn't look nice at all!

Let's take a look at January. It was about average for our state as far as the temperature was concerned, and mother nature kept the artic air at bay. It was cold at times, but we didn't really see a ton of artic air. That is a bit unusual because January is our coldest month. Now, let's see what February is stirring up.

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The 8-14 temp outlook looks to be below normal. Several early models are even talking -30 below wind chills again, so make sure that winter coat is handy!  As far as precipitation goes, we are on the fringe of near normal. That means keep the snow shovel handy, and the snowblower gassed up.

You have a few days before another cold grip takes hold, so it would be a perfect time to stock up on groceries, and make sure your car is gassed up. It would be a good time to check that winter travel kit too.

Here are some suggestions of things to include in your winter travel kit .

  • Jumper cables: flares or reflective triangle are great extras
  • Flashlights: Replace the batteries before the winter season starts and pack some extras
  • First Aid Kit: Also check your purse of bag for essential medications
  • Baby, special needs gear: If you have a baby or family member with special needs, pack diapers and any special formula or food
  • Food: Stock non-perishable food such as canned food and a can opener, dry cereal and protein rich foods like nuts and energy bars
  • Water: Have at least 1 gallon of water per person a day for at least 3 days
  • Basic toolkit: Pliers, wrench, screwdriver
  • Pet supplies: Food and water
  • Radio: Battery or hand cranked
  • Cat litter or sand: For better tire traction
  • Shovel: To dig out snow
  • Ice scraper: Even if you usually park in a garage, have one in the car.
  • Clothes: Make sure you dress for the weather in warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes for the cold
  • Warmers: Pack extra for body, hands, feet
  • Blankets or sleeping bags: If you get stranded in traffic on a lonely road, you'll be glad to have it.

February is typically the start of tournaments throughout the region. Be safe, and be prepared as the latest coldsnap approaches as the weekend draws near. Check the latest road conditions by clicking here.

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