You will also want to make sure that someone knows the exact trail you plan on hiking. You should do this anyways, but in the winter for sure. If something would happen, the last thing you would want is to be stuck out in the freezing cold weather at night. If someone realized you haven't called or you aren't home yet, they can hopefully lead the rescue teams to your location.
And last, always pack some essentials...water, a snack, pocket knife, phone and a portable charger, first aid, headlamp/flashlight, a whistle, fire-starter and if possible an extra pair of socks and any other piece of clothing you think you might need and maybe even one of those survival blankets. It may sound like a lot, especially if you are just planning a short day hike. But what if?? You just never know what could happen.
So get outdoors and take a hike! Don't let old man winter keep you inside all winter long! Grab that camera, have fun and be safe!
'Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.' - John Muir