The last Monday of the summer of 2017 had a chilly low 40s start as autumn loomed on the horizon. Yes, winter is coming, but first, we will have autumn, many Wyomingites claim it as their favorite time of year. The fall equinox will be at 2:02 this Friday afternoon but some snow has already fallen in the Snowy Range, The Big Horns and in parts of Yellowstone. How long before Lake Marie and Mirror Lake ice over? Snow could fly tonight, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in Jackson with an approaching cold front.

The Farmers Almanac says Wyoming's coming Winter will be “cold with moderate snowfall, but not as harsh as usual.”

The Old Farmers Almanac says western Wyoming will be cold and snowy, while the eastern portion of the Cowboy State will be mild and wet. Believe who you will, or don’t.

The Art Of Manliness has 9 Ways to Winterize Your Car, Here are a few.

  • Check your battery. ...
  • Change your wiper blades and refill your wiper fluid. ...
  • Check your anti-freeze mixture. ...
  • Stock your car with emergency supplies. ...
  • Change the oil and adjust the viscosity.

Longtime Wyomingites know that snow can fall in our state just about any time of year. It’s time to get ready for winter, especially if you’re a boat owner with residual water in the boat or engine. Insurance companies will not likely cover damage due to ice in your craft. Those who own campers and RVs will also need to winterize in a similar fashion, paying particular attention to potable drinking and gray water.

Getting your home ready now can save you some to a lot of money later. Popular Mechanics has 15 things you can do to make the best of the oncoming cold, including:

  • Change Your Furnace Filter
  • Winterize Your A/C and Water Lines
  • Give Your Heating System a Tune-Up
  • Mind That Thermostat
  • Put Up Some Plastic On The Windows

They have 10 more tips you would do well to look over, though just this last winter, we put up some of that plastic film in our guest bedroom like the fifth rule above, and our guests said it made a big difference in their comfort. It also helped our overall heating bill.