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Getting ready for “Big Snow”

Like it or not, sometime between November and March, Torontonians will feel the full effects of winter and get at least one big snowfall. Don’t get caught by surprise one morning.

Here’s what to do to make sure you’re ready: Get out the mittens and hats to avoid last minute searching through closets and drawers. Remember to place a set in your car along with a shovel and a winter survival pack. Get at least one shovel out of the back of the garage or shed where it’s been hiding behind all the garden equipment. Bring it inside, or put it in your car trunk so you don’t have to shovel show to get to your shovel! Replace your windshield washer fluid with anti-freeze. Buy a supply of eco ice melter and make sure it’s in an easy-to-pour container at your back door. Put ice scrapers and snow brushes in your back seat. No reason to have them frozen in the trunk. Sweaters smell like moth balls? Air out winter woolens so you can go out in public without smelling like an old trunk. Stock up on winter ‘warming foods’ such as soup, chile, hot chocolate and hot apple cider. If you’re lucky enough to have a wood burning fireplace, bring some logs inside so they’ll be dry and ready to light.