Snow is expected across Western New York next week and of course, that is only the start.

Wintertime is almost upon us here in Western New York and if you plan on being on the road at all during the winter months there are certain "must-have" items that you need to keep in your vehicle.

With Lake Erie just north of Buffalo, the chances of lake effect snow are always present during the winters here in Buffalo. You never know when you will head into work or school and there is an inch of snow and when you leave there might be 3 or 4 feet of snow.

There have been times people have been stuck in their car on Clinton street, Transit road, and the Thruway for hours. The worst part is that it can happen at any time so now is the time to prepare for it.

If you will be on the road this winter there are certain things you want to have in your vehicle just in case you run into a problem and will be stuck in your vehicle for an extended period.

This list includes things to keep you safe, warm, and full. It is never fun being stuck somewhere, but if you are stuck and unprepared it is a hundred times worst.

So before you go out on the highways and sidestreets of Western New York and before the snow really starts flying and sticking to the ground, check out these five items that every Western New Yorker should have in their vehicle for wintertime in Buffalo.

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