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MISSOULA, Mont. Whether you’re heading to the backcountry or to work, many people are making sure their vehicles are stocked with important winter tools. Jared Kohl, the assistant manager at Ace Hardware, said winter supplies are flying off the shelves. “Other than the snow shovels and sleds, we’re selling a lot of ice scrapers and window scrapers for cars,” said Kohl. Kohl said the shelves with sleds were empty on Sunday not a single sled for sale. The store sold nearly 20 sleds over the weekend, but the shelves were stocked up again Monday. Kohl said snow scrapers are also in high demand among shoppers. NBC Montana asked customers what winter tools they get out when cold and snow hit. Customer John Felton said the tools are half the battle. “A shovel and old fashioned elbow grease,” said Felton. Sara MacCalman said car scrapers come in handy. “The cars all work in the winter, so we just have to scrape them off,” said MacCalman. Nicole Sullivan said she uses many winter tools to maintain her house and car. “A snow shovel, a broom for the stairs and snow scraper for the car,” said Sullivan. If you live in the cold, you know you’ve got to be prepared. The list of essentials is lengthy. It starts with rock salt to melt ice on walkways or driveways and to improve your vehicle’s traction, snow shovels and other snow removal tools, heating fuel, proper clothing and blankets, and possibly an alternative heat source if the power goes out. While stores regularly stock their shelves, cold weather always creates a demand for the necessities for coping with a Montana winter.