Get ready. Can you feel it? Yes indeed, winter is coming. The recent cold weather is a friendly reminder that winter is almost here.

Of course, the fact that most of White Pine County is located at an altitude of 6,000 feet and above sometimes enhances the winter weather. The recent storms dumped over a foot of snow in Ely on Nov 9 and we had a record low temperature of 2 degrees on Veterans Day in Ely. The previous low was 3 degrees back in 2000.

Along with the cold and snow, please remember to prepare for the weather. Nobody wants frozen pipes or a non-functioning heater, so take precautions to insure you don’t encounter unnecessary problems. Insulate your water pipes and have your furnace checked, including changing the filter. Have a snow shovel close at hand as well as ice melt. Nights are cold here and the sun goes down early. Many times you can’t see the icy areas around your home, so please be aware.

Your car also needs some TLC in the winter. Make sure your antifreeze is up to date, and your windshield wipers are functioning properly. Check your tires as well. A breakdown in cold weather can be dangerous, so make sure you have a warm blanket in your car, just in case.

Of course, most of these things are obvious, but sometimes we just need a little reminder. If you do have to travel in bad weather, slow down, drive defensively and NEVER drink and drive, which should go without saying.

Winter is a beautiful time of the year here. With just a little planning, you’ll likely avoid any problems, and last, but not least, don’t forget the hot chocolate.

Teresa Stewart photo The total amount of new snow and how many days it snows at least 0.1 inches during the month of November was 4.7 days for Ely with 6.5 inches; 1.0 days for Eureka with 2.7 inches; 2.2 days for Great Basin National Park with 6.6 inches.

Teresa Stewart photo
The total amount of new snow and how many days it snows at least 0.1 inches during the month of November was 4.7 days for Ely with 6.5 inches; 1.0 days for Eureka with 2.7 inches; 2.2 days for Great Basin National Park with 6.6 inches.

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