Snow preps under way throughout the area ahead of first snowy blast of winter

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EUCLID, OH - Jim Brown of Euclid is getting ready.

"I got a two-stage snow blower. This will get me out of the driveway without hopefully having a heart attack," said Brown.

Snow supplies were in big demand at the Home Depot in Euclid.

"We are well-equipped. We have our shovels in, our salt, we are ready for that clipper that is coming in," said Venita Bilal, with Home Depot.

With up to a foot of snow predicted for parts of the snow belt, ODOT is working to stay ahead of the storm.

"We are going to start brining the road, it's a pre-treatment we do. It's a salt and water treatment that we spray on the road to try and prevent ice from sticking," said Marissa McDaid, ODOT spokesperson.

ODOT says 80 crews will be out in Lake, Geauga, and Cuyahoga counties beginning Wednesday night.

"Later when the snow starts falling, we are going to switch over to salt," said McDaid.

Crews will be working around the clock to clear more than 26 hundred miles of roadways until the season's first storm has passed.

ODOT says there is plenty of salt.

In fact, they have some leftover from last year.

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