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Safe Winter Driving Tips

Most of us have been driving in snow and ice for as low as we can remember. But, it's always good to review some safe winter driving tips.

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Get Your Car Ready For Winter

When it comes to getting my car ready for winter, I had a good teacher...my father. He always reminded me to get those snow tires on, have a good snow brush, buy a set of jumper cables for the trunk, and keep a shovel in that trunk as well. (I stopped short of the two sand bags that he used to have in his car). And, there are some other winter car prep tips you may want to take note of.

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Lower Natural Gas Bills Expected This Winter

How about a little good news! I just read the "We Connect" newsletter in my latest National Grid bill, and it mentioned that home heating gas prices may be lower this winter season. Here are the details.

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Snow Tires Or All-Season Radials For Winter Driving?

My father was a big believer in snow tires, and living in the Utica-Rome area all my life, I am too. Every year at about this time, I make sure that I have my four snow tires installed on my car. But, you do hear many people say they have all-season radials, and that's good enough. Here are more thoughts on the subject.

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Another Winter Snowstorm
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More Lake Effect Snow Advisories Tonight and Tomorrow (4/2/13)

It's like the drunk, obnoxious guy at a party, you want him to leave, he just won't.  Ol' Man Winter keeps hanging on.  Another Lake Effect Snow Advisory in place until 10 tomorrow morning.  Click for details.

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How Do You Kill a Saturday Afternoon When The Lake Effect Snow Advisory Continues? [Poll]

It's going to be another one of those Central New York "late-winter" weekends.  The Lake Effect Snow Advisory remains in effect until about noon today.  Up to 5" with windy conditions.

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Another Lake Effect Snow Advisory (3/22/13)

Don't kill the messenger.  The National Weather Service has placed us under another Lake Effect Snow Advisory unitl noon Saturday (3/23/13). Click for the where and when.  I don't think there's a why.

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Utica Rome Winter Weather Advisory For 3/18/13

Any snowfall that's less than a foot wouldn't scare most Central New Yorkers, but today's (3/13) Winter Weather Advisory comes with possible sleet.  Click for the details.

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Is 2 Inches of Snow Worse Than 6 Inches?

This morning's light snowfall shouldn't be a challenge to any true Central New Yorker, but what a pain!  It's probably says more about my preparation than actual weather conditions, but I have fought 18 inches of snow with less hassle.

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President’s Week/Mid-Winter Break Recreation Ideas

While some of you may have Monday, February 18th off for Presidents' Day,  many school districts have the whole week off as Mid-Winter Break. With the kids home from school for a week, there are two dreaded words parents don't want to hear, "I'm bored". Here's an idea to keep them entertained.

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Cross-Country Skiing Tips For Beginners [VIDEO]

When we get hit with snow in central New York, we can snow blow it, shovel it, shake our fist at it or maybe have some fun in it. It's a long winter in these parts, even though the groundhog said that it will be an early spring. So, here's a winter activity that might help you see winter in a positive light...cross-country skiing.

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Frostbite – Symptoms, Prevention And Treatment

Recently, we shared information about hypothermia, and how to prevent it. With many of you working outside in the elements or enjoying outdoor winter sports, we thought it might be a good idea to give you a closer look at frostbite, what it is and how to prevent it.

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