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Car Survival Hacks for Winter – Do They Work or Are They Junk?

Everyone has their own little life hack for everything.  I was telling someone my stupid little hack for staticy shirts today.  Do they work?  Are they just made up?

Some of these winter car hacks sound like great ideas, and I'm going to try them, but since I'm still new at this snow and ice thing, if you have more info for me, that would be great.

Do these things work?

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Brian Josefowicz
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Cannonsburg Ski Area Opening Today for Remainder of Thanksgiving Weekend

It's time to strap them on and hit the slopes for skiing and snowboarding!

Cannonsburg Ski Area is opening to the public this today at 10 a.m.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Crazy Snow Wall Descends on Buffalo [Video]

No, this is not a promotional video for "The Day After Tomorrow."

This is an actual time-lapse video of the skyline in Buffalo. The imposing white wall pictured is lake-effect snow, which blew in from Lake Erie and ravaged the city Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Hazardous Travel Warning Issued by National Weather Service for Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan [Video]

Winter officially does not arrive until next month, but it sure feels like it's already here, doesn't it?

The National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office has issued a winter storm warning in effect from this afternoon through 9 p.m. Tuesday. The bottom lines: heavy lake-effect and blowing snow.

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Grand Rapids First Snowfall of the Season Caught on Timelapse!

I'm probably the only person in Grand Rapids who's been excited for the return of winter to town.  I know I'm certainly the only person in the building who's excited.

So ready, that I set up my GoPro in the window here at work, to catch the first snowfall to come down in downtown GR last night.  We've had little flurries, like the other day and on Halloween, but nothing that sat on the ground and stuck for a bit.

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Rachel Kramer
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Lake Effect: Grand Rapids’, West Michigan’s Winter 2014-15 Weather Forecast [Video]

After last winter, many us are approaching this winter with caution.

Today probably didn't help: snow on Halloween?

The National Weather Service's winter weather forecast is out. All we can say is make sure those snow blowers and shovels are ready if you live, work and/or play -- not to mention drive or travel -- between U.S. 131 and the Lake Michigan shore in greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Man Gets Stuck in Snow Drift Just Outside His Front Door [Video]

The winter weather was a bit crazy in many places this year in the U.S. and Canada.

This guy got snowed in at his mother's home in St. John's, Newfoundland. When they decided that they needed to get out the house, this guy jumped into the snow bank and got stuck.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Farmer in Minnesota Builds 50-Foot Tall Snowman [Video]

For the last month and a half, Foley farmer Greg Novak has been busy building a 50-foot tall snowman.

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Time-Lapse of Snow Hammering Away Makes Me Long for Summer [Video]

Snow is falling hard and fast around the country this winter, but not as fast as it is in this video.

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Michigan Olympians at Sochi Winter Olympics

The XXII Winter Olympic Games are Feb. 7 to 23 in Sochi, Russia.

Among the 230 athletes representing Team USA at the Sochi Winter Olympics are 19 Olympians with Michigan ties.

Here is who to watch in Sochi.

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Brr! Another Stupid Polar Vortex Visiting Grand Rapids

Brr.

The National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office has some advice for everyone: Stay inside over the next couple days, if you can!

It was 6 degrees at lunchtime, and with the wind chill it was 12 degrees below zero out at the airport.

There are lots of closings out there. It's nasty weather. Thanks polar vortex!

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Producer Steve Makes News in Maine

Over the past month or so, the wintry weather in greater Grand Rapids and across Michigan and the United States has been pretty crazy.

There's been a ton of snow and ice, causing weather-related delays.

Airport delays become part of the travel and the pace from place to place, as Associate Producer Steve McKiernan of "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" can attest.

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