What you need to have on hand as snow approaches WNC

With significant snow expected for the mountains this weekend, Western North Carolina residents are taking note of the forecast and making sure they're prepared at home and in their vehicles. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

With significant snow expected for the mountains this weekend, Western North Carolina residents are taking note of the forecast and making sure they're prepared at home and in their vehicles.

They're looking for items to stay warm and safe, especially if they need to stay put for a while. They're picking up shovels and bags of ice melt for their walkways and driveways and stocking up on food and water.

In case power goes out, they're buying flashlights and extra batteries and radios powered by battery.

With cold temperatures, they're getting plenty of fuels for heating, whether propane or kerosene, among other items to consider without electricity.

“Manual can openers. We’re selling a lot of kerosene heater parts, kerosene heater wicks, some propane for cooking, of course, just anything that's in the nature of the survival mode, basically, a lot of camping supplies that they're looking for, they're going to use throughout the winter,” said Steve Carver, who runs the Ace Hardware store in Waynesville.

The experts also recommend people make sure their medications are in ample supply, that they have a first aid kit handy and that their cell phones are fully charged.

Roads could prove to be treacherous this weekend.

Now's the time to make sure you have emergency items in your vehicle in case you get stuck in the snow.

Auto repair experts recommend carrying ice melt with you and a shovel, also jumper cables, flashlights and extra batteries, emergency flares or reflectors.

They say extra windshield wash is a good idea, too, and have some water and snack food like energy bars or raisins.

They say have blankets and other items to stay warm in case you get stranded for a while.

“Extra coats, maybe an extra pair of gloves. Make sure you've got a cell phone charged in case you lose signal, your battery dies or anything like that. Always make sure you've got good tread on your tires,” said John Rayman, at Junaluska Tire and Auto.

It's also recommended that you have a first aid kit in the car with you, matches and small candles, and a windshield scraper.

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