Ohio Get Ready For More Snow This Winter

Jake Wells

As you've noticed, the weather has gotten colder. You might even have a little snow in your yard right now. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association says that more snow is to be expected in Ohio this winter. The NOAA’s 2021 Winter Outlook is a guide that is created to give you an estimate for snow this year. Since Ohio is in dark and lighter green, there is a 40 to 60% expectation that we will see more snow than last year.

Weather EstimatesPhoto by NOAA

What does that really mean for you in Ohio? Well, last year's average was between 31 inches to 120 inches of snow depending where you live, so that's a great starting point.

The key is to prepare for winter. It's here, and more snow can be expected. Here are some things you can do to stay safe.

Most weather safety information focuses on driving, but there is also a higher risk of slipping and falling this time of year. The State of Ohio Committee For Severe Weather Awareness shares some helpful tips you can use to stay safe this time of year.

It's important to be sure to take it slow and to allow extra time to get places in the winter. If you don’t feel safe at any time, it is important to ask for help. Whenever conditions are icy, walk with a friend or carry a cell phone to call for help, if needed.

Be aware and watch for slippery surfaces ahead of you. Keep your head up and use your eyes to look down. Assume that surfaces that look slippery are, and find another way to walk.

Keep rock salt (a chemical de-icing compound), sand and a shovel available near entrances. Consider keeping a small bag of sand or rock salt in your coat pocket.

Bundle up to stay warm, but make sure you can see in all directions and move freely. Wear mittens or gloves to keep your hands out of your pockets and free to help with balance.

In addition, here are some helpful tips from safety officials about what other things you can do to be prepared for the colder weather.

When you take these precautions listed above, you can help do your part to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

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