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The Real Cost of Preparing for a Blizzard

By Alex McIntyre - 2012-01-12T17:40:29Z

Photograph by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

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Get Ready for Snowmageddon

This year's mild winter makes the snow-a-thons of recent years seem a quaint memory. It's hard to believe that just two winters ago, 70 inches of snow fell on Washington, D.C., forcing the government to shut down. Paul Walsh, a vice president at weather.com, says not to be fooled -- a blizzard could still be on the way. Preparing your home and car means spending money now, but if a storm materializes and your family spends it safe and warm, you may decide it was well worth it.

Bloomberg Rankings examined the cost for a family of four to prepare for a blizzard in Washington, D.C.

Note: Data providers are on the final slide. Brand mentions are not endorsements.

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