NWS announces Winter Weather Awareness Day

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. Thursday is the National Weather Service's Winter Weather Awareness Day.

NWS advises people in West Central Nebraska to be prepared for winter. (SOURCE: KNOP)

As the temperatures drop and the snow begins to fall, they say it's important to be prepared.

According to Shawn Jacobs of the National Weather Service in North Platte, people need a winter emergency kit filled with warm clothes and blankets in case you get stranded on the side of the road.

He also suggests, having a secondary source of heat from a generator or otherwise in case the power goes out.

'When the power gets knocked out, temperatures are going to plummet," said Jacobs.

"It will be cold. Have that second source of heat ready. If you have to- if that power is knocked out for a while make sure that you close off rooms and put up blankets just to keep you and your family warm."

According to Jacobs people in Nebraska need to be especially prepared due to the harsh weather we witnessed last winter.

He said there's no predicting whether or not this winter is going to be any worse, but said it's a good idea to be ready when it hits.

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