Northeast Ohio Prepares for Latest Winter Wallop

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CLEVELAND-- Northeast Ohio dealing with icy winds.

Behind the winds is a snowstorm predicted to dump two to six inches overnight and into the day on Saturday.

The City of Cleveland is encouraging people to stay indoors as much as possible and limit travel during the weekend storm, and when temperatures take a drastic dive early next week.

Dominion East Ohio is asking people to conserve natural gas by turning down their thermostats a few degrees, or lowering the setting on their water heaters until the middle of next week.

"We've got plenty of natural gas on hand to meet our customers' need but we just believe it would be good to have an extra margin of safety in case the weather becomes colder, the winds become more intense than the forecasters are predicting," Dominion East Ohio spokesperson Neil Durbin said.

If you must drive during heavy snow, the Ohio Department of Transportation wants drivers to be aware of snow plows working in tandem, clearing multiple lanes at one time.

"They're going to be slowing and speeding up at various time so the safest place for you to be is behind them,” ODOT spokesperson Amanda McFarland said.

The public services supervisor of Canton, Kevin Monroe, said they are ‘uncomfortably’ low on salt and they are waiting for new shipments. But there is enough to last one to two more weeks, Monroe said.

ODOT said they have plenty of salt despite the massive amount they've used so far.

To date, ODOT has used 66,000 tons of salt. That's nearly double the amount they used at the same time last year, McFarland said.

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