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5 things every Oklahoman should buy before the winter storm hits

Oklahoma is about to get blasted by a heck of a winter storm, so it's best to be as prepared as possible before the snowflakes begin falling.

Here are just 5 things every Oklahoman should have in preparation for Snowmageddon 2021.

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Hannah Morrisroe / Unsplash

This should go without saying, but if you don't know the last time you went grocery shopping, now is the time to hop to it. Canned goods, bottled water and plenty of protein is suggested. But don't forget other staples you might be running low on, like laundry detergent, batteries, medications, pet food, candles and, of course, toilet paper.


One of the worst things in the first world is getting out to your car and finding out you should've planned better because it's entirely iced over. Defrosters can only do so much, so make sure you have a sturdy ice scraper available.

And, considering we're expected to get up to a foot of snow in the Oklahoma City metro area, grab a snow shovel while you can.

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Matthew Henry / Unsplash

If there ever was a good excuse to buy even more blankets it's this upcoming winter storm. Wind chills are looking to get as low as in the negative teens, which won't be pleasant. So, buy some blankets and a couple of space heaters (if you can find them!) to assure the comfort of yourself, your family and pets.


Netflix and Disney+ might be able to provide hours upon hours of screen time but there's something to be said about destroying family relationships while you're trapped in the same house together with a good old fashioned board game.

Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit and so on are sure to divide your family apart during the winter storm.

Then there are the essentials for outdoor fun: sleds (or a boogie/body board), shovels, snowball launchers and so on.

If you do head outside, you'll need some...

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Albert / Unsplash

If you do venture out into the winter wasteland wonderland, make sure you have the appropriate attire. Thick socks, boots, gloves, heavy coats and the like are winter wares worth owning. You gotta keep your fingers thawed out so you can count all the Monopoly money you make after you destroy your 10-year-old.

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Richard Hall is an award-winning newsroom developer, editor and blogger for NewsOK. He was born in Austin, Texas, spent his childhood in southern California and has lived in Norman since 1999. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008. Read more ›