Today's rain-snow mix in Nebraska and Iowa is an in-your-face reminder that the seasons are indeed shifting.
To help Midlanders get ready for the coming months, the National Weather Service has scheduled its Nebraska and Iowa Winter Weather Awareness Day for Thursday.
The weather service has compiled PDFs, websites, newsletters and coloring books to educate people. That's because, when it comes to deadly weather, preparation is the best protection.
Each of the National Weather Service offices, below, is posting literature related to winter safety:
North Platte and Cheyenne: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lbf/?n=wwad2013
National Weather Service children's coloring book: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/owlie-winter.pdf
Minnesota/Twin Cities: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mpx/
And the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency: http://www.nema.ne.gov/response-recovery/winter-weather.html