Winter Preparations Underway

By Michelle Costanza

December 22, 2012 Updated Dec 22, 2012 at 12:50 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Winter is officially upon us and many people are making preparations as snow and ice accumulate on the roadways.

The National Weather Service said that we have about a 60 percent chance of seeing a white Christmas on any given year.

This year we are expected to see a snowier season than last year, with the likelihood of nor'easters and lake effect snow.

With those statistics in mind, it is important to be prepared for slippery roads. Having a good de-icer on hand is one of the best ways to keep walkways, steps, and other outdoor surfaces from becoming icy and dangerous.

"Make the decision whether you want calcium or rock salt, they'll both melt ice and do a good job, the only difference is rock salt stops working at about 5 degrees, calcium or potassium goes to 20 below. When it's dry, sweep it up, get it off the black top, concrete, and your wooden stairs. It's kinder to the environment, calcium won't burn your grass as much as rock salt will," advised Joe Kovarik, Owner of Kovarik True Value in Binghamton.

With surface temperatures dropping below freezing, it is a good idea to keep a shovel, sand, and a first aid kit in your vehicle for emergencies.