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Winterizing your vehicle

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Winterize Your Vehicle

Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:

Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.

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Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.

Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels.

Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.

Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.

Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.

Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.

Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.

Thermostat - ensure it works properly.

Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.

Install good winter tires - Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.

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Broadcast meteorologist for 15 years (Marquette, Michigan; Burlington, VT; Albany, NY; South Jersey). NBC40 Chief meteorologist from December 2003 through December 2014. Press meteorologist since January 2015

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Here is Your South Jersey Forecast

SATURDAY► Skies start partly sunny, but clouds increase during the day and there could be a few showers later in the day.  Highs in the low 70s with a light northwest wind around 10mph shifting onshore by afternoon.

SUNDAY► Mostly cloudy skies and the coolest day of the holiday weekend. Highs around 65-70 thanks to an east to southeast ocean breeze around 10-15mph.  Most of the day remains dry, but some showers or a thunderstorm are possible towards evening and especially overnight.

MEMORIAL DAY► coudy skies and  still a little damp early in the morning with some lingering showers possible, then a mainly dry afternoon with partly sunny skies developing.  Highs in the mid 70s.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY► Partly sunny with an afternoon thunderstorm or two possible.  Warmer with highs around 75-80.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY► Partly sunny, dry, and pleasant with highs in the mid to upper 70s.