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UNDATED (WRN-WSAU)  It happens every year at this time, so we know what to expect, but Wisconsin Emergency Management’s Tod Pritchard says we need to consciously switch gears and get in the winter driving mode. “We’re all tough Wisconsin cheeseheads. We think we can make it through just about anything, and we can. We’re tough folks, but that first snow storm really seems to throw people off.”

The National Weather Service says a big storm could bring heavy moisture to parts of Minnesota, and far west and northwest Wisconsin. Four to six inches of snow is predicted. Some places could get up to seven inches by Wednesday morning. There's a winter weather advisory starting tonight at 9pm for Oneida County, lasting until 9am Wednesday. 

Though snow is nothing new, Pritchard says it should not to be taken lightly. “Over the past five years we’ve averaged about 45 traffic fatalities in the winter months and I believe the number is 5,000 injuries due to those traffic accidents, as well. I think the latest number was 50,000 crashes across Wisconsin during those winter months.”

Emergency officials say you should have a winter emergency kit in your car containing some basic survival gear — at the very least, as your mother repeated to the nth degree: a blanket, a shovel, a full tank of gas, and some sand. Pritchard suggest checking your tires for good tread and keep a phone charger in your car.

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