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County urges residents to take precautions for pending snowfall

Posted at: 01/22/2013 10:47 AM
Updated at: 01/22/2013 1:51 PM

With inches of snow headed our way, Monroe County is urging residents to take the proper precautions to prepare for a weather-related emergency.

County Executive Maggie Brooks said, “Our area is no stranger to winter weather. However, storms should not to be taken lightly and all residents are highly urged to continue to use safe practices both on and off the roadways.”

From Kevin Williams:
A band of heavy lake effect snow will be moving slowly south across the Rochester area through this evening depositing snowfall at a rate of up to an inch per hour.   The snow, in combination with blowing snow and arctic cold, will create poor traveling conditions in some areas for the evening rush hour.  Snowfall accumulations by morning will vary widely, but with most areas in the Rochester metro projected to receive 4-8 inches.  Higher tallies are most likely near and north of Route 104 with lesser amounts near and south of the Thruway.

Helpful tips from Monroe County:
- Provide yourself adequate time to reach your destination as you may need to adjust your speeds for road conditions.

- Identify elderly friends and neighbors who may be impacted by a power outage, and develop a plan to check on them

- Maintain an adequate supply of de-icing products for walkways and snow shovels

- Collect a three-day supply of bottled water and non-perishable food, as well as a working flashlight, batteries and battery-powered radio
 
- Operate electric generators in an outdoor, non-enclosed location to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

- Keep a warm blanket, water and other appropriate supplies in your vehicle in the event of being stranded during a storm