LIMA — The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory today and Sunday for northwest Ohio with snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches expected.
Lima has been preparing its 10 trucks for the last three weeks getting ready for the winter storm, according to Warner Roach, deputy public works director for Lima Street Division.
”We will have 10 trucks and 10 drivers out if we need them and it depends on the snowfall. We will bring a second shift crew in to relieve the crew that has worked,” Roach said.
The department has over 1,000 tons of salt to be used on roads.
“Our crews are out plowing the roads as soon as the snow starts and sometimes before that because we need to keep an eye on the overpasses that get slick and put salt down right away,” Roach said.
The snow will begin in Lima at 7 a.m. today and it will snow all day and taper off late this evening, according to Amos Dodson, National Weather Service meteorologist.
The high for Lima today is a high of 31 and a low of 25 and for Sunday is a high of 32 and low of 18.
“Typically for a winter weather advisory the issue is travel difficulties. We tell people to leave extra time if they are traveling, leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front of you and drive carefully,” Dodson said.
Lima Police Department Sgt. Damon Engelman advised drivers to stay home during a winter storm if they can and have an emergency kit ready.
“The number one thing to do is stay home and off the roads until they are clear,” Engelman said. If avoiding driving isn’t possible, carry an emergency kit with water, food, blankets and an extra pair of clothes. He advised to make sure cell phones are charged and other items to have in the car are jumper cables, a flashlight and extra batteries, ice scraper, tool and first aid kits.
Winter storms and slick road conditions are a factor in more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
“There is a disproportionate number of crashes this time of year involving bad weather and winter storms,” said Kellie O’Riordan, traffic safety program manager for AAA Ohio Auto Club.
“Snow and sleet can cause significant safety problems by reducing visibility and making it difficult to safely maneuver or stop your vehicle,” O’Riordan said.
She added that crashes and roadside issues are common during Ohio’s winter blasts. More than 39,000 Ohio drivers crashed on wet or slick roads, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
To avoid crashing or breaking down during winter weather, AAA recommends drivers:
• Drive slowly. Always adjust your speed to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice.
• Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids.
• Increase following distance. Allow five or six seconds following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
• Know your brakes. Whether or not you have anti-lock brakes, apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal. Don’t pump the brakes.
• Maintain tires. Adequate pressure tread depth are essential for stopping or going on ice and snow.
• Check car battery. To ensure your battery is in good condition have an automotive technician inspect it at least twice a year.
• Replace old windshield wipers and solvent. Solvent and good windshield wipers can improve visibility.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.