Just when you thought it might have been safe enough to put your snowbrush away for the season, a blast of winter weather blew into Western and Central New York to remind us that winter is still here for at least the next several weeks.

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If there is one thing that I learned after 3 serious snow storms this winter season, plus an earthquake, maybe it's time to make sure you have all of the necessary emergency supplies in your car and house just in case you find yourself in a bad situation.

You may need to find a way to survive for a while if you find yourself inside a broken-down car, or stuck on the side of the road because of the weather, having these things in your truck will go a long way towards making sure you're safe and sound until help arrives.

Before anything else, in Buffalo, we already know we have to keep a good-quality snowbrush in the car, along with heavy-duty jumper cables. Snow-covered cars with dead batteries are almost a given during a Western New York winter. You also always want to make sure that your spare tire and jack are in good condition. Once you make sure you have those things, don't forget to add some of these to your list:

Gloves, Extra Warm Clothes, and a Blanket

Blizzard Barrels Into Northeastern U.S. OLD BETHPAGE, NY - JANUARY 27: A child's glove is crusted in snow on January 27, 2015 in Old Bethpage. New York. The Long Island region received between twelve and thirty inches of snow overnight into midday Tuesday from Winter Storm Juno. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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If you find yourself snowed in, or stuck in a snowstorm, having a good pair of gloves and extra winter clothes will help you stay warm until help can arrive. While you’re at it, you might as well throw in some blankets and non-perishable snacks.

An Emergency Shovel and Pickaxe

Snowstorm Hits Buffalo
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Have you ever been in a situation where you tried to turn onto a side street that hadn’t been plowed too well and you got stuck? Having an emergency shovel in your car can really be useful. You can quickly shovel that extra snow to the side and then be back on your way.

Sand, Rock Salt, and/or Kitty Litter

Massive Winter Storm Brings Snow And Heavy Winds Across Large Swath Of Eastern Seaboard BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 04: A city worker puts down salt along the empty streets of Boston as the snow begins to fall during a massive winter storm on January 4, 2018 in Boston, United States. Schools and businesses throughout the Boston area are closed as the city is expecting over a foot of snow and blizzard like conditions throughout the day. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Just like with the shovel, if you ever find yourself on a really slick road, or stuck in some snow, throwing down some rock salt, kitty litter, or sand will help you gain some traction and get back on the move.

Flashlight and Batteries

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You may find yourself in an area that doesn't have a lot of light, or it might even be pitch dark outside. Make sure you have a way to illuminate your way as your go about your travels.


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If you're stranded on the side of the road or need some emergency help, road flares are the perfect tool to let people know where you are. You might get an extra plus for using battery-operated ones instead of the regular ones that you have to ignite.

Tool Set or Multitool

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One of the things I use the most in my car is my multitool You literally never know what you are going to need to cut, screw, or interact with and good quality multitool or tool set will go quite far in helping you stay prepared.

First-Aid Kit

A red first aid kit bag with a black zip and handle, in closeup.

This item can be useful all year. We all have had cuts and scrapes that could use some antiseptic ointment and small bandages. Go ahead and grab a small first-aid kit and throw it in your trunk.

When Does It Typically Stop Snowing In Buffalo

According to the National Weather Service, most of the snow in Western New York stops in April. From time to time there is snowfall in May, but that is usually the end of it. According to records that go back to the year 1940, there has never been any recorded snowfall in June.

Buffalo Blizzard of 2022

Various Photos from around Buffalo and Western New York during and after Winter Storm Elliott brought a cyclone bomb to the area.

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