Winter is coming, prepare now

Today’s drop in temperatures is a good reminder that winter is a little more than a month away, and this week the National Weather Service is raising awareness with Winter Weather Awareness Week. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro.

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Remember when it was nearly 80 degrees on Monday? Then a 25 to 30-degree drop in high temperatures across the area today into the ‘50s. The weather seesaw that we have every fall in the Four States will soon give way to the bitter cold of winter. This week, the National Weather Service is reminding residents ahead of the start of winter on December 21 to consider stocking extra food at home that doesn’t require cooking in case of power failure. Or possible rolling blackouts that some cities experienced last year due to a prolonged cold stretch.

Also be mindful when using stoves, space heaters, and heating fuel indoors and to allow proper ventilation to avoid a deadly build-up of carbon monoxide. And don’t use charcoal inside as it gives off large amounts of deadly carbon monoxide. In addition to keeping flammable material away from space heaters and not to overload electric circuits. Weather modeling by the NWS is predicting both a wetter and warmer winter in nearly all of Missouri. For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro

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