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If you live in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine or any of the surrounding areas, you’re currently in the midst of a massive snow storm. Forecasts call for more than 12 inches of snow in New York City and the nearby New Jersey suburbs, and even more snow will fall on Thursday across some regions in the Northeast.

Are you bundled up in your bed or on your couch right now, dreading the thought of having to deal with all that snow? If you answered “yes” to that question, you’re doing it wrong. All you need are the right tools for the job and in this post, we’ll show you five different purchases you should make right now so that you’re prepared for the next major snowstorm.

Shovel

You know that crappy old shovel you use to clear snow? The one that’s falling apart because you’ve been abusing it for several years now? Yeah, throw it in the garbage ASAP and order one of these highly-rated shovels instead. They each feature designs that mark dramatic improvements over the standard shovel design, helping to ensure you can clear snow as efficiently as possible — and helping ensure that you don’t hurt your back. One of them is even electric!

Suncast SC3250 18-Inch Snow Shovel/Pusher Combo with Ergonomic Shaped Handle and Wear Strip, Gr… Price:$50.49 Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
Snow Joe SJ-SHLV01 Shovelution Strain-Reducing Snow Shovel | 18-Inch | Spring Assisted Handle List Price:$29.99 Price:$21.06 You Save:$8.93 (30%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
Suncast SC2700 20-Inch Snow Shovel/Pusher Combo with Wear Strip And D-Grip Handle Price:$36.28 Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
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Snow Joe iON13SS-CT 40-Volt iONMAX Cordless Brushless Snow Shovel | 13-Inch | Tool Only List Price:$129.99 Price:$99.88 You Save:$30.11 (23%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now

Snow Melt

Before the storm even hits, you should use high-quality snow melt on all of your steps and walkways to help before you even start clearing. Then, use snow melt again after each time you shovel.

Natural Rapport Pet Friendly Ice Melt - Calcium Chloride Free, Pet Safe Ice Melter, Rock Salt A… Price:$19.90 Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
Green Gobbler 96% Pure Calcium Chloride Snow & Ice Melt Pellets | Concrete Safe Ice Melt (35 lb… Price:$59.99 Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
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North American Salt 56840 Power 6300 Enviro-Blend Ice Melter, 40-Pound Price:$49.80 Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
Safe Paw Ice Melter – 8 lbs 3oz Jug Price:$24.35 Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now

Snow Brush

A shovel is designed to help clear snow from the ground, obviously, but some people insist on using shovels to clear snow from their cars. Instead of scratching up your paint job, get a good snow brush and ice scraper combo.

Hopkins 2610XM SubZero 52" Super Extender Snowbroom with Integrated Squeegee and Ice Scraper (C… Price:$18.92 Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
Snow Joe SJBLZD 2-In-1 Telescoping Snow Broom + Ice Scraper | 18-Inch Foam Head (Blue) Price:$19.00 Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
Mallory 533 SnoWisp Deluxe 26" Snow Brush with Integrated Ice Scraper and Foam Grip (Colors may… Price:$9.99 Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now

Track Assist

While you’re at it, the fourth item on our list the Auto Joe Track Assist and keep a couple in each of your cars to ensure you never get stuck in the snow.

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Heated Gloves

Seriously, get yourself a pair of heated gloves. Trust us, your life will never be the same.

Flambeau F200 3.7V Rechargeable Heated Gloves Kit-Synthetic Palm, Black (Large) Price: Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now


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