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Finally, an inch of snow ...

It has been a while since I have written, and I have been very busy getting ready for the chase season to come. On Friday, we got our first inch of snow of the season.

It is the first time in history we have gone this far into a winter season without having our first inch of snow of the year. We will have to see what happens, but history shows that with such little snowfall in January, that February and March tend to turn snowier. We will have to see if history repeats itself as we need the moisture with the upcoming growing season. It has been a very strange season for La Nina weather. The Greenland block is just not affecting us like a couple years back.

There could be some dangerous weather on Sunday. The next system could bring ice and freezing rain and mixing snow turning to rain as temps rise later in the day. Please do not travel unless it is absolutely necessary.

As far as the chase season goes, Tuesday I will see what happens, but imagine a chase in January. I have now finished equipping my vehicle for the season to come. My team, Midwest Storm Hunters, will be planning a few plains trips this year. Last April, there was a great chase in Kansas, and we're hoping for another good season. It's still way too early to tell how the spring will turn out but this is a great time to prepare and be ready for everyone, not just chasers.

Safety plans are key to survival. This is the time to get ready. The severe weather season is just two months away, and in my opinion, we could have some powerful storms this year. It is hard to tell this far out. Stay tuned for further forecasts. Prepare during the cold months and teach your children safety tips now.

• Brad Hruza is a local storm chaser and weather observer. Visit his website at www.stormchaser1.net for more.

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