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Michiana prepares for winter snowfall

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Get ready for snow.  That's what local road crews are doing.  The first Snowfall of the season is expected Wednesday night.  And that has road crews readying their plows.  Road crews say they're ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store in for us.  And people in Michiana are gearing up for the winter season as well.

"This is my 45th winter in Northern Indiana so I'm pretty much familiar with how to prepare for it," said shopper Mark Maddux.         

And since this sight is inevitable, shovels, snow throwers, and salt are essentials for a Michiana winter.

"Usually people ask us if they're any kind of new snow shovel they can use.  They're looking for anything that's easier on their backs.  We carry a model with a curved handle so you don't have to bend down so much," said Hardware Plus Marketing Manager Adam Jackson.          

This week's snowfall is expected to be relatively light so Hardware Plus Marketing Manager Adam Jackson says salt should do the trick. 

"The Cadillac of salt would be calcium chloride.  It doesn't damage your concrete your can use it on your asphalt shingles.  It's a little more pricey than regular salt but it also works down to a lower temperature," said Jackson.           

Elkhart's Mark Maddux started preparing for winter last weekend. 

"We pulled out the snow blower out last weekend and that's already to go, put the lawnmower away, shovels are ready," said Maddux. 

But Maddux says his boys aren't ready for winter and that's why they're shopping for new winter coats. 

"There are several things that people are concerned about their head, their hands, their feet, and maybe their body," said Outpost Sports President J.V. Peacock.           

Outpost Sports President J.V.  Peacock recommends mittens over gloves and wool over cotton socks.  And he says Yaktraks are big sellers this year.

"They're like this and you put them on a book like so and they give you instant traction for any kind of conditions you have out there," said Peacock.           

With unusually warm temperatures so far this winter, Maddux says our luck will run out and Mother Nature will bring heavy snow to Michiana. 

"We're not ready for winter but it is what it is.  We live in Northern Indiana," said Maddux. 

Most retailers say items like coats and scarves or shovels or snow throwers make for practical Christmas gifts.          

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