Central Illinois' snowfall could be in the double digits this winter

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Sunday started Illinois’ “Winter Weather Preparedness Week", a time aimed at getting people ready for the freezing temperatures.

The National Weather Service expects Springfield to see around 20 inches of snow this winter.

That will spread between the months of November to April.

“People just need to make themselves aware that, hey snow's coming again this year," explained James Auten, a senior forecaster for the National Weather Service.

Auten said when there is a long period in between snowfalls, people forget what they need to do to be safe.

“This week is just a big reminder about all these things you need to be aware of when it comes to winter weather," said Auten.

The National Weather Service said people need to be aware not only for their selves, but for their car and home.

“You're supposed to turn off your outside faucets and disconnect the hoses because water in there is going to freeze," said Auten.

People should check to make sure their heater is working in order to stay warm during the cold weather.

It’s also important to make sure cars are stocked for when drivers hit the road/.

"They need to have extra clothing, keeping themselves warm in case they get stranded or something. Make sure they have good tires," said Auten.

Some central Illinois drivers said they start prepping for winter, months before the cold comes.

"I try to prepare myself in advance, I know that I tend to be cold so if I have the warmer clothes I don't have to keep my heating bill as high,” said William Kipp, a Springfield resident.

The National Weather Service will be posting reminders on both Facebook and Twitter all week.

They said the last thing you want is the extreme weather to come and you're not ready.

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