Salt Trucks Loaded and Ready, ODOT Says

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CLEVELAND -- At the Ohio Department of Transportation garage in Independence, the salt trucks are loaded and ready to go.

"We’re hearing that we are going to get several inches of snow all over Northeast Ohio. Of course, more in the snow belt, but we are fully staffed tonight.  That means we will have 70 trucks on the road," said Jocelynn Clemings, a spokesperson for ODOT.

The snow is expected to hit late Thursday night into Friday morning.

"For a storm like this where it's very early on and the temperatures are hovering right around freezing, we are going to use plain old salt.  It's very effective in this type of weather. And when it gets much much colder, we add an additive to that," added Clemings.

And there's an extra precaution this year!

"We've added green lights to all the ODOT trucks to help reduce any accidents.  We are the first in the nation to do this.  And the reason for that is the green light is more easily seen by the eye. So hopefully during one of these snow storms, you'll see our trucks," added Clemings.

At the Home Depot in Euclid, the store is stocked with salt to help people deal with the accumulation in the morning.

"Basic salt will work great with the temperatures we are having tonight.  You can see all the calcium going out right now because it's the safest one to use. But we are stocked and packed ready for all their needs," said John Veon, the manager.

And while people prepare for the first significant snowfall of the season, ODOT reminds people in ice and snow, take it slow.

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