Storm Team 8 predicts above average snow, cold

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It’s hard to believe, but winter is right around the corner and there are several ways to be prepared before the snow flies.

Jerry Byrne, the maintenance director for the Kent County Road Commission, recommends securing mailboxes, prepping vehicles for winter and preparing mentally.

“What it takes you to drive to work in July is different in January. Prep yourself mentally, that means give yourself 15 to 20 minutes extra. Listen to the forecast and give yourself that extra time,” said Byrne. “Help us help you get to work, get to school, get to church, wherever you need to go.”

A simple checklist to prepare your vehicle for winter includes snow tires, good windshield wipers, and good headlights.

Byrne said this past winter depleted a lot of their supplies, so they have been busy stocking up on salt and other materials.

Storm Team 8 meteorologist Matt Kirkwood joined the Kent County Road Commission by participating in the American Public Works Association’s annual Snowplow “Roadeo” in Norton Shores on Wednesday.

The competition helps snow plow drivers get prepared and back in the habit before the upcoming winter season.

Meteorologist Matt Kirkwood predicts this winter will be both colder and snowier than average.

The first plowable snow in West Michigan last year occurred on November 28. Storm Team 8 predicts this year it will occur sooner.

Watch the entire interview with Jerry Byrne for more tips on how to get ready for winter by clicking on the video player above.

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