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Prepare yourself and your pets ahead of potential winter weather across Mid-Missouri this week


The snow and dangerously cold temperatures are expected to return to Mid-Missouri this week.

The ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Team issued a Weather Alert Day for Thursday over the conditions. There are a few things to keep in mind ahead of the potential winter storm.

One thing many people won't want to lose while facing colder temperatures is the battery life on their cellphone. Before heading to bed Wednesday night, it's essential to have your phone fully charged.

Drivers who plan to travel Thursday should keep a portable charger handy.

While out in the cold temperatures, US Cellular advises individuals to keep layers around their phones or to keep the phone close to their body to help regulate the temperature of the phone. If the phone gets too cold and powers off, owners should wait before turning the device back on.

ABC 17 News also took a look at how drivers should prepare their vehicles ahead of the potential winter weather.

AAA recommends getting an inspection, checking tire pressure, refilling fluids, testing the vehicle's battery, and updating emergency kits.

Emergency kit items:

  • Phone charger
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • First-aid kit

Pets and cold weather:

The Humane Society reminds pet owners to protect their animals against the expected freezing cold temperatures.

On Thursday, temperatures are predicted to drop below zero. The Human Society says temperatures that drop below 35 degrees are life-threatening to animals. However, there are a few steps owners can follow to help protect their animals.

Protecting your pets from winter weather:

  • Adequate shelter for animals is mandatory by law
  • If leaving your dog outside, owners must provide a well-insulated, draft-free doghouse
  • Check your pet's paws for injuries
  • Layer up your pups
  • Schedule a winter wellness exam

If you see an animal in danger, the Humane Society encourages individuals to call the local law enforcement and the animal cruelty hotline at 314-647-4400.

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Kennedy Miller


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