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County urges residents to take precautions for pending snowfall

Posted at: 02/07/2013 1:49 PM

With 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, "Here in Monroe County we expect winter storms; however, these storms should not be taken lightly and all residents are highly urged to continue to use safe practices both on and off the road."

From Kevin Williams:
A winter storm that will bring blizzard conditions to New England by late tomorrow will also bring significant snow to Rochester and the Finger Lakes.

While the Rochester area will not receive a direct hit from the storm, snow accumulations are projected to reach to between 8 and 12 inches in areas north of the

Thruway by daybreak Saturday, with the higher totals north and west of Rochester, while lesser amounts will be found near and south of the Thruway. Although there will be some snow at times tonight and tomorrow morning, the height of the storm here will occur Friday afternoon and night when there will also be blowing and drifting. Clearing skies and diminishing winds are expected Saturday afternoon.

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