How to be prepared for this weekend’s winter storm

CHARLOTTE — Severe Weather Center 9 Meteorologists are predicting significant snow and ice in and around Charlotte this weekend. If you’ve forgotten how to prepare for the winter weather, we’ve got you covered.

  • Download the WSOC FREE weather app
  • Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing
  • Water -- at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food -- at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees
  • Have flashlights (with working batteries) and candles on hand
  • First aid kit
  • Make sure you have medications (7-day supply) and medical items available
  • Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
  • Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
  • Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash

Make sure to watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News through the weekend for updates on the winter weather forecast.

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