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Emma Olson
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Coming from California, this will be my first real winter. I was wondering what I should do to get ready for it.

When do I need to take the herbs in my window box inside?

I've heard that you have to add antifreeze to your window washing solution in your car--how do you do this? and when?

Is there anything I can do make my bike more weather proof? In a thread several weeks ago, Paul indicated he used to put screws in the tires. That might be a bit extreme for me--any easy fixer-uppers?

When does it usually start to snow here?

What else should I know?
 
                  
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What part of California did you come from, Emma?

I believe windshield wiper fluid already contains anti-freeze. At least, I've never seen anyone change their wiper fluid or add anything to it as the seasons change.

Then again, I'm usually on my bike rather than in a car. Make sure you keep your bike gears clean, by the way. The roads are often sanded and that can eat up your gears. Take it from someone who should be following this advice more closely... Other than that, Paul's idea about studded tires might be more indispensable than you think (depending on how much you use your bike). If you ride onto an icy road that you don't know is completely frictionless because it still looks like asphalt, you'll be grateful for some extra grip. Also, wear layers. I haven't perfected this at all, but just take into consideration that it will be absolutely COLD outside and you can still break a sweat.

I hope you like it here so far. Maybe you could answer the thread about what brought you to Missoula.
 
Robert Sunset
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I'm from San Diego and here are some tips.

Get washer fluid that's rated for 20 below or so.  You should be fine.  Make sure your car has a half and half mix of antifreeze and water.  Make sure your heater works, especially the defroster.

You should be fine with just that.  When it's snowy roads, just drive slow, don't try to go the speed limit haha.

Typically expect snow around Halloween.
 
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Be aware of the concept of frozen pipes.  When temps are below freezing, pipes can freeze and break.  Some people think they are gonna be eco and turn the heat off - but that comes with risk. 

 
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Yeah, frozen pipes is a HUGE issue if you don't live in some kind of apartment complex.  For years I lived in Stevi (El Capitan Rd) as a kid and if we didn't leave certain faucets dripping slightly it would be horrible when you woke up to no water and at worst, broken pipes under the house.

If in doubt, ask the landlord.
 
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