Past due: How to prepare for the wintry conditions finally in central Ohio

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Our winter in central Ohio has been rather mild — down about 6 inches of snow from what we typically see. However, that doesn't mean the rest of the season will be mild.

This weekend, we are expecting measurable snow through parts of central Ohio and it’s important to be prepared, especially when you’re on the road.

10TV spoke with the Department of Public Services for the City of Columbus Wednesday to learn about how the Snow Warriors are planning on tackling the potential snow this weekend.

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“We'll be anti-icing priority one roadways in the next couple days as it seems it’s going to be dry. So, we will be working on that for the next few shifts,” said Frank Williams, Division of Infrastructure Management for the City of Columbus. “We have about 85 trucks ready to go to put into action right now and we also have staff in the other utility departments and other supporting agencies throughout the city to jump in if needed.”

Regardless of what the weather brings, Williams said they will be ready.

“Our focus is on safety, so whether it be on rush hour or on a weekend, we still approach it the same way.”

To find out what roads have been serviced and what priority your street is, click here.

Now is also a good time to make sure you are ready when the snow comes. Simply placing some household items in your car could be the difference between you breezing through or being stuck in the winter weather:

  • Ice scraper
  • Water bottles
  • Blankets
  • Kitty litter, rock salt or sand
  • Reusable bags
  • Paper towels
  • Gloves
  • Small tool kit
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Flashlight
  • Phone charger/external battery charger
  • Jumper cables
  • Sunglasses
  • Reflector or flares
  • Shovel
  • First aid kit
  • Chain or rope
  • Half-full tank of gas
  • Beanie or ball cap