Winter storm to impact Coshocton County

| January 18, 2019

COSHOCTON – Coshocton County is under a winter storm warning from 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 through 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. Heavy mixed precipitation is expected. Total snow accumulations of 7 to 10 inches or more and ice accumulations of a light glaze expected. Travel could become very difficult.

The Coshocton County Emergency Management Agency encourages everyone to prepare for this winter storm. Snow accumulations could be up to an inch an hour for several hours on Saturday. It has been several years since we have seen this type of winter storm affect Coshocton County and residents should plan accordingly. Many events have already been canceled or rescheduled in Coshocton County due to this approaching storm.

Many roads in Coshocton County will likely become difficult to travel. Coshocton County EMA reminds drivers to obey Snow Emergency levels should they be declared

Level 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roadways may also be icy. Motorists are encouraged to drive very cautiously.

Level 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roadways may also be icy. Motorists are encouraged to drive very cautiously. Only those that feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.

Level 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if you should report to work. Those traveling on the roadways may subject themselves to arrest.

Residents are urged to use caution while shoveling snow. As this is likely to be a heavy wet snow that will be difficult to shovel. Do not over exert yourself. Take many breaks and dress accordingly.

Fire hydrants may become blocked by snow. Please help out the fire departments by ensuring that hydrants remain clear.

Coshocton County EMA will be monitoring and assessing the storm and conditions throughout the next few days.

OCSWA recommends the following winter preparedness tips:

Prepare your home for winter. Remove and cut away low-hanging and dead tree branches. Strong winds, ice and snow can cause tree limbs to break and could cause damage to your home. Have your gutters cleaned. Snow and ice can build up quickly if clogged with debris.

Prepare winter emergency supplies kits for the home and vehicle. Check the expiration dates on nonperishable food items, bottled water/beverages and medications. Winter emergency kits should include flashlights, extra batteries, blankets, coats, hats, gloves, a battery-operated radio/weather radio, first aid kit, cell phone and charger, and enough nonperishable food and water (one gallon per person, per day) to sustain every household member for several days. Store food, bottled water and supplies for your pets, as well.

Check on your neighbors. Comprehensive preparedness requires communities to participate in a “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” approach. If severe weather is forecasted or has just occurred, or if your neighborhood has an extended power outage, check on your neighbors and family members – especially those who are older or have functional needs – to ensure that they are okay and that they have the resources to stay safe and warm. Your communication plan might include exchanging phone numbers to call during times of need.

The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is comprised of 16 local, state and federal agencies and organizations. For additional information on winter weather safety and severe weather preparedness, visit OCSWA’s website: www.weathersafety.ohio.gov.

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