With warmer weather on the decline, Ohioans should get ahead of the game and start preparations for snow and ice, which aren’t too far out on the forecast. After predicted rains on Saturday, the high isn’t forecast to rise above 50 degrees for a majority of the following week, as predicted by the National Weather Service.
Last year, Ohio and other Midwestern states had a pretty mild winter, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, things will change this year. Forecasters say that La Nin᷈a will influence winter conditions, bringing wetter, cooler conditions to the northern United States resulting in more snow across Ohio and all of the Great Lakes.
These snows will not be anything too far out of the ordinary, but it’s important to be prepared, just in case. This week, Nov. 13-19, is Winter Safety Awareness Week, and Gov. Kasich encourages household and businesses to update their safety plans, replenish their disaster supply kit, and prepare themselves, their vehicles and their property for winter-related incidents.
According to the Seasonal Hazard Outlook by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), most of Ohio is forecast to experience above-average precipitation. Combined with cooler temperatures, motorists should be aware of ice this winter.
If snowy or icy conditions exist, traveling can get pretty hectic. Before getting on the road, pay attention to weather forecasts and traffic reports. Listen for reports of school and business closings, snow emergencies, traffic delays or road closures. Plan your travel time accordingly.
The good news, according to ODOT’s report is that Ohio is not projected to experience heating fuel shortages this winter and they do not anticipate a shortfall in road salt or brine supply.
Ohio EMA Executive Director Sima Merick says, “Winter Safety Week is the perfect time to start winterizing your homes and vehicles – to prepare before snow storms hit. If you don’t have an emergency supply kit, now is a good time to start one. You may find that you already have a lot of items on hand. Check the batteries in your flashlights and weather radios. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and conduct fire drills.”
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