With Snow Possible, Snow Shovel Purchases Assured

Bob Roberts
November 07, 2018 - 4:05 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago area could get its first taste of winter by late tomorrow, when as much as two inches of snow could fall. 

People began asking about shovels first thing Wednesday morning at Millen's Hardware in Wilmette. 

By midday, people were snatching up shovels, salt, windshield washer fluid, caps and gloves. Fred Doby was restocking shelves when not assisting customers.

The good news?

"We have an abundance of supply," he said. 

At AAA Chicago, spokesperson Beth Mosur says the two things it can bank on when the first storm arrives are dead batteries and accidents involving drivers in a hurry.

Mosur says batteries begin to weaken when they are three or four years old and should be checked before it gets really cold. 

She said slowing down is the best way to guarantee you will arrive at your destination safely. Brake vehicles gradually. And she suggests that you pack an emergency kit that includes flares, enough blankets for all who may ride in the car, flares and even a spare cell phone for emergency use.