Preparing for winter weather

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) - Winter weather in Wyoming is commonly seen from November through February. As those winter months approach, the Cheyenne office of the National Weather Service and Laramie County Emergency Management want to make sure Wyomingites are prepared.

Winter conditions in Wyoming generally include freezing rains, icy roads and blowing snows along with one or two blizzards. The NWS and EMA recommend people always check road and weather conditions before leaving their homes. Sometimes the conditions can change very quickly and items you may not have needed in the morning like a coat or gloves could be necessary by the afternoon.

The agencies also recommend keeping your gas tank full any time you have to travel. Conditions could close roads or cause traffic backups, so you want to be certain you'll have enough gas to get to your location safely.

It's also important to keep an emergency kit in your car. Make sure it contains items like blankets, extra coats, first aid kits, jumper cables, flashlights and portable cell phone chargers. It's also a good idea to have a gallon of water per person per day and enough food to last everyone at least three days.

If you do get stuck on the side of the road in a storm, first call family members to let them know the situation and your last known location. Then call 911 for help and place brightly colored fabric or hazard signs outside your car so help knows where to find you.

Winter conditions can get dangerous so it's important to be prepared. For more information on safety in winter conditions, visit Weather.gov/Cheyenne.