How to prepare for this weekend's monster snowstorm

5 Unique Ways You Can De-Frost Your Car During a Snowstorm

Forecasters are warning those on the Mid-Atlantic coast to brace for major snowfall that is expected to hit this weekend.

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Winter Storm Jonas is expected to wreak havoc in some parts, with blizzard conditions possible over parts of the Washington D.C., Baltimore and New York City metro areas.

Lauren Fix, also known as "The Car Coach," shared tips with INSIDE EDITION on how to get through the first major blizzard of the year.

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PORTLAND, ME - JANUARY 13: Dan Marks clears off cars belonging to his neighbors outside his residence on Munjoy Hill in Portland on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, following an overnight storm that left several inches of fresh snow. (Photo by Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, ME - JANUARY 13: Russ Thorgerson of Ken Fengler Landscaping clears a sidewalk on Cumberland Avenue on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, after an overnight storm left several inches of fresh snow. (Photo by Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, ME - JANUARY 13: Harrison Rice clears the sidewalk in front of his Portland residence on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, after an overnight storm left several inches of fresh snow. (Photo by Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, ME - JANUARY 12: A person rides their bike down Free Street as snow begins to fall in Portland, ME on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. (Photo by Whitney Hayward/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, ME - JANUARY 12: A pedestrian crosses Spring Street as snow billows in the background in Portland, ME on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. (Photo by Whitney Hayward/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
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PORTLAND, ME - JANUARY 12: Cars make their way down Congress Street as snow falls in Portland, ME on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. (Photo by Whitney Hayward/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, ME - JANUARY 12: A pedestrian crosses Free Street as snow falls in Portland, ME on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. (Photo by Whitney Hayward/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, ME - JANUARY 12: A pedestrian crosses Congress Street as snow begins to fall in Portland, ME on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. (Photo by Whitney Hayward/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
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She said to take a piece of cloth with rubbing alcohol and put some on your wipers, as the alcohol will cause the wipers to not freeze. Another option to protect wipers from the elements is to put a sock on them and stick the blades straight up in the air.

Fix also said to mix two parts rubbing alcohol with one part water in a spray bottle and spray a car's windshield to prevent ice from sticking to the glass.

She also says to put a zip lock bag over your mirrors to help prevent freezing and to use a common sanitizing product to thaw the car's lock.

"Use the alcohol that is in hand sanitizer," she said, noting that the alcohol will help remove the ice.

Another solution is to carefully heat up the car key.

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The approaching blizzard has sparked panic, with many flocking to nearby grocery stores to stock up on goods. Already, many shelves are empty, but what do you really need to ride out the storm?

INSIDE EDITION went storm shopping with nutritionist Amy Shapiro at Fairway in New York City.


She said to get the essentials like:

  • Canned soups
  • Beans
  • Canned tuna or salmon
  • Peanut butter
  • Crackers

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