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11/13/2017
Snow is here

Promises, promises, promises.

The one the weather forecast has been making for the past couple of weeks will be realized soon.

Snow showed up on Deer Mountain about a week ago, and it has been descending in recent days.

The snow is here.

But are we ready?

For those looking forward to winter weather, it's likely.

For those not as enthused, maybe never.

But we still need to be prepared.

Two ways to prepare come quickly to mind:

1. Winter tires and fluids for the motor vehicle. Now is none too soon to switch to winter tires and check, and/or replace, fluids helpful for cold-temperature vehicle operations.

2. Slowing down to take the prospect of slippery roads into account. Slick roads added to the increasingly darker days and the fact that children often are on sidewalks and along roadways going to and from school merits a note of caution. Maybe they're paying attention to traffic; maybe they aren't. But, as drivers, we want to be watching out for them, which requires being extra vigilant in the winter.

Winter is here. Temperatures are dropping, and the snow has shown up.

It's expected to descend into downtown this week.

Be careful out there.