When it comes to winter weather, Gary Garnet offers some simple advice. "If you don't have to be out in it, don't be," says the National Weather Service meteorologist.
About 4 inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain are expected to hit the Sandusky area today. The storm should be over by about 7 a.m. Saturday, Garnet said.
As of Thursday afternoon, the storm system was in Oklahoma and beginning to move up the Mississippi River. Sandusky is right on the border of where heavy snow and ice will accumulate, Garnet said.
The worst of the weather will likely hit Toledo, with expected snow and ice accumulations between 6-8 inches, he said.
The Erie County Emergency Management Agency encourages residents to be prepared for winter weather at all times. The agency recommends that people keep at least three days' worth of food supplies in their homes, said director Bill Walker.
"People have to realize that if the weather looks bad, it's not the best time to be jumping in the car and hitting up Wal-Mart or wherever," Walker said. "If it's slippery out, it's time to think about staying in."
Walker also recommends that people have a plan in case their power goes out for long periods of time.
"Whether it's with friends or relatives, find a place to stay warm," he said.
Garnet cautions people who decide to travel in these winter weather conditions.
"Freezing rain makes driving conditions very hazardous, particularly for untreated roads," he said. "People should also be careful and look out for ice when walking on sidewalks.
"Just take your time and be very cautious about what you're doing."
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