Wood County under winter storm warning, 5-8 inches expected

Wood County is under a winter storm warning and slightly higher snowfall amounts of 5-8 inches is expected on Wednesday, according to the Wood County Emergency Management Agency.

Early Wednesday around 3 a.m., freezing rain is expected to start transitioning to snow around 5 a.m. continuing through Wednesday evening. The heaviest snowfall amounts are expected 9 a.m. through 7-8 p.m. Wednesday evening. Light snow showers are expected to continue throughout Thursday morning.

Concerns:

• With the temperatures being near 32F, icy roads can be expected Wednesday morning.

• Morning snowfall may cause some travel issues on the roads Wednesday morning, however, this may resemble a typical wintery commute and provide a false sense of security for the return trip in the afternoon as conditions have worsened.

• The afternoon commute will be impacted during the heaviest snowfall. The traffic will make it harder for road crews to keep the roads clean.

General precautions:

• If you can, reschedule your plans so you do not need to be traveling Wednesday.

• If you must travel, monitor conditions and road reports.

• Clear your car/ windows of ice and snow before leaving.

• Have your car safety kit ready: food, water, blanket, shovel, sand/ cat litter, reflectors, first aid supplies, flashlight, ice scraper, jumper cables.

• Keep your cell phone charged.

• Make sure someone knows your estimated route and drive times.

• Keep your fuel tank at least half-full.