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Snow Tips 101: a refresher course on the basics as winter weather approaches

You know, just in case you forgot.

CLEVELAND β€” It’s beginning to look a lot like Winter. 

As snowstorms quickly approach Northeast Ohio, it's important to remember the basics of handling the winter weather, including how to drive in snow, what to always be prepared for, and even, how to properly shovel. 

On Sunday, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) quoted a tweet from the National Weather Service (NWS) of Cleveland which warned Northeast Ohioans of the possibility of eight or more inches of snow. 

"Our crews are prepped and ready to go," ODOT tweeted on Sunday morning. "Please be sure to give them plenty of room to work."

When you are on the road, remember to leave room for snowplows and trucks to properly salt the streets and highways. 

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On Monday morning, 3News Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling posted an advisory message on her Twitter account, warning of the dangers of the winter weather. 

"This will have a BIG impact tomorrow," Kling wrote on Twitter. "The snow will be wet and heavy to move. Roads will be slushy and difficult if untreated. It will be windy. Snow change happens tonight." 

MetroHealth agreed with Kling, reposting her tweet and adding a few reminders about shoveling. 

"Cleveland, remember Snow Shoveling 101: Lift with the legs -- not your back-- with little to no rotation of the torso. Don't overload the shovel. And always stretch first," MetroHealth wrote on Twitter.

It's important to always remember that if you are heading out, you should have several items in your car, including: 

  • A shovel
  • A window scraper and snow brush
  • Extra winter clothing and blankets
  • Water and snacks 
  • A first-aid kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Portable charger and cell phone charging cords

Also, remember to take your time while driving or walking as the roads and sidewalks can be slippery. 

Stay safe and healthy, Northeast Ohio. 

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