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Published November 13, 2011, 07:49 PM

It's time to start preparing for the coming winter season

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Although most of us haven't seen snowflakes yet this season, it may not be a bad idea to prepare for what's ahead. Stores in Fargo are lined with winter products, quickly flying off shelves and into the hands of homeowners.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Although most of us haven't seen snowflakes yet this season, it may not be a bad idea to prepare for what's ahead. Stores in Fargo are lined with winter products, quickly flying off shelves and into the hands of homeowners.

Home Depot Manager Andrea Steel has been helping people get ready for winter for 15 years. She says the number one thing people can do is prepare.

Andrea: “The best thing is to buy early, be prepared, make sure your snow blower works if you do have one go ahead and test it out, change your oil, change your spark plugs, get it ready to go for the winter so that way your not out there in the first blizzard of the year getting it ready.”

Within the last month, she's been busy selling snow blowers. This year, there are new technologies people can be excited about.

Andrea: “The nice thing that a lot of snow blowers are having that you'll see one of the newer features is the hand warmers, the heated handle grips, which is really nice, if you've ever been out there snow blowing your hands start to freeze.”

Steele says not only snow blowers selling quickly, things like shovels and de-icers are being bought up in a hurry.

Andrea: “We have seen a lot of people coming in for any winterization things weather it's weather stripping, anything like insulation, a lot of insulation is being used this time of year as people are starting to get their homes ready.”

One customer taking Steels advice is Tom Krabbenhoft. He says he'll be ready when flakes start falling.

Tom: “I'm prepared so, as soon as they say snow in the forecast I’m getting her done.”

Krabbenhoft says it’s too big of a price to pay if you're not prepared.

Tom: “That first snow just comes to early and too fast and it hurts if you're not ready for it.”

Krabbenhoft is the kind of customer Steel likes to see.

Andrea: “We're happy to see people starting now and preparing for the snow blower season, so we don't want people out on the roads during those blizzards in a panic.”

Whether you're ready or not the long snowy winter will be here soon. Are you prepared?

An improved feature for snow blowers is the cap. It's like a tent to keep you enclosed and the wind out.

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