It seems strange to think about preparing for winter conditions when the weather has been in the 70's, but we know Colorado. Weather can change overnight with little warning. 

If you have never registered your cell phone or email, now is the time to do so. You can receive alerts from the 911 communication center, informing you about public safety information and weather advisories. You can also sign up to receive alerts about accidents, road closures, power outages, and school closures.

Preparing your car for winter road conditions is also important. These are a few items to consider having in your car all winter long, especially if going over the mountains.

  • Tool Kit
  • Tow Rope
  • Shovel. This is extremely handy to have.
  • Battery Cables (These should be in your car all year long)
  • First Aid Kit. (This is also a year-round item)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Blankets or Sleeping Bags. You never know when you will get stranded in your car for an extended time. Saving gas might mean turning the car off, which results in no heater.
  • Extra Clothes
  • Candles and Waterproof Matches
  • Water. Make sure you have extra water when going over the mountains.
  • Protein or high-calorie food. Protein bars work nicely.
  • Tire Chains
  • Windshield Scraper and Brush

Winter conditions can be unpredictable and dangerous. Even if you are a great snow driver, the cars next to you might not be, so it's smart to be prepared for anything.