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Wednesday, November 16th has been declared Winter Awareness Day in the Ozarks. The day serves to promote winter weather preparedness. KSMU's Christy Hendricks reports.
With cooler weather in the Ozarks, the National Weather Service and the State Emergency Management Agency has declared November 16th as Winter Awareness Day.
Steve Runnels is a Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
He says Winter Awareness Day promotes winter weather preparedness and reminds people about the hazards with winter weather like snow, ice, and wind chill.
He gives some tips when traveling in winter weather.
Steve Runnels says it's also good to keep a shovel and sand in the car in case you get stuck and that it's important to be prepared for severe weather at home as well.
Runnels says conditions in late November and early December are often prime for late fall tornadoes.
Winter weather in the Ozarks usually lasts from late December to early February and that the Ozarks receive an average of 20 inches of snow each year.
He says it's important to stay up-to-date on weather advisories and recommends buying a battery operated weather radio.
For more tips on preparing for winter weather visit www.crh.noaa.gov.