Make sure you are prepared.

It looks like this weekends storm is going to be a "Monster" according to Spectrum News Meteorologist Ryan Finn. He told us that we should start seeing snow Saturday late afternoon and it will mix with sleet and freezing rain through Sunday.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch for Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan and Columbia counties, starting at 4 p.m. Saturday until 7 p.m. Sunday. The watch is in effect for Sullivan County from 1 p.m. Saturday until 4 p.m. Sunday.

With the storm coming and the possibility of icing, we need to all prepare for the possibility of losing power at home for up to 36 hours, according to WTEN.

No "milk and bread" jokes here. They say we need to make sure that we all stock up on food including non perishable food items in case of loss of power. Also make sure you have plenty of batteries and all of your mobile items are fully charged.

If your house has a fireplace make sure you have plenty of firewood and if you have time, you should try and get your chimney inspected and cleaned before the snow arrives.

Also include candles, matches, and gas if you plan on running a generator or a snow blower.

If you have kids make sure you have stuff for them to do, like board games and coloring supplies.

Also as a rule in my house, make sure you have your snow shovel near the front door before the snow starts.

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