Idaho winter weather is anybody's guess. 

If there's one thing Idahoans can rely on, it's the unpredictability of our cold winter months. Go figure, right?

Only fools and cherry transplants believe in the mythology of the morning drive forecast. Cool temps and dry conditions throughout the day? We think not, Mr. Weather Man. 

The moment we buy in and embrace the hope of stable winter weather in a 12-hour period, the temp drops 15 degrees and Boise's besieged by graupel, Idaho's brand of nasty dishwater-like hail. 

Winter preparedness is for everyone.  

Idahoans and Dan Bongino fans know it's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it in an emergency. That's why it's important for country folks and city slickers alike to prep for winter emergencies by keeping certain things in their cars.

Idaho winter weather is risky for small towns and big cities. 

A lot of locals, especially new transplants, think preparedness is only necessary for those living in remote towns or more isolated locations. But the truth is that winter weather can be just as risky and dangerous in areas like Boise's Treasure Valley. 

Heavy snow, icy roads, and freezing temps can cause accidents and leave drivers stranded in their cars for hours.

This is especially true for Idahoans who frequently drive long distances through sparsely populated areas. When you find yourself stranded in the middle of Bumfiddle, Idaho, help is probably a ways away. 

Sometimes desperate times call for odd measures.  

Keeping a few things in the car can help you hang tight until someone can get to you. While most of us keep shovels, first aid kits, and flashlights on-hand, we also have a few things at the ready some people might think of as a little odd. 

Scroll for the useful oddities we never leave home without during Idaho winters. 

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