Ice storm preparation tips you may not have thought of...

The water on local roads could start freezing soon as another winter storm heads our way.  It's been a season of extremes for Northwestern Pennsylvania as, even milder, weather is causing problems. 

Erie Resident Doug Karaisz tells us, "the biggest thing I worry about is all the icicles on the houses and whatnot... and the snow, and I think most of that is gone".  Just days after the record snowfall began to melt, more snow is on the way to replace it, but this time; it will be accompanied by ice.

Karaisz warns about "a lot of black ice.  A lot of cars sliding all over the place; you've just got to take it real slow".

Another Erie Resident, Evelyn Wade, says she already has a taste of the ice.  "I fell on my face yesterday on the ice, right here, out here in the street, getting off of the bus. So, you've got to be careful."

Officials like Erie County Emergency Management's Coordinator Dale Robinson, say that after unseasonably warm temperatures and snowmelt, the next storm could wreak havoc.  "A lot of tree limbs coming down on the wires and stuff like that.  Another thing is probably an uptick in traffic accidents."

Robinson says some of those accidents could be caused by slick road conditions or even traffic light outages.  And, while there remains a risk of flooding, he says more people could be affected by power outages.  Robinson advises to "Have a flashlight. Make sure your fuel tank is filled up because when the power goes out, you can't get gasoline. Stop at the bank, get some cash, because ATMs, credit card machines might not be working."  and, keeping some salt around could also be handy.

Officials advise to just be prepared and take it slow.  We're not out of the woods yet.


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