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Local Residents Not Too Thrilled About Weekend Snow
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on February 03, 2013 @ 9:38PM
Created on February 03, 2013 @ 6:23PM

5 News went to out in the cold, snowy weather on Sunday to see what people had to say about the winter weather, but also to get some tips on how to stay safe and prepared for these cold months.

"Well, I don't mind it a bit. I've lived in other parts of the country that are a lot colder and snowier than here," said John Spelsberg, Harrison County Resident.

"Winter goes with summer, fall, and spring. I love the change of the seasons. It's just part of the job," said Chuck Reider, YMCA Maintenance Director.

Most of the people 5 News spoke with Sunday didn't mind the snow, but the cold was a different story. They said they're grateful for the people who make the roads a little safer to drive on.

"Oh, I have a four wheel drive so it's not a problem. And plus the city was out early and getting the streets clean," said Spelsberg.

"I'm sure that no matter how much you plow there's always slick spots and somebody is probably not going to be happy, but we try to keep our lot and our roadways pretty clear up here," said Reider.

Make sure you drive carefully out there, even if the roads seem clear. And you always want to be ready for any emergency.

"There's several emergency survival kits out there on the market or you can make one yourself to keep in the vehicle with you. And they range from anything from the size of a coffee can up to a tote or a duffel bag," said Walter Knight, Clarksburg Fire Department.

Now if you're stuck on the side of the road make sure you're prepared. Keep a bottle of water and some snacks in your car. Maybe even some gloves and a blanket because you never know how long you'll be there.

"One of the best things to do is to stay with the vehicle. With road conditions it wouldn't be safe to be out walking around, especially if
you're not familiar with the area," said Knight.

After a few cases of carbon monoxide poisoning in people who have been stranded some are worried, but there is a simple solution.

"Only run the car for 10 or 15 minutes at a time. While you have it running keeping the window cracked a bit. it's better to be a little cool
that to not wake up at all. get out and keep the tail pipe clear," said Knight.

Stay safe this winter and make sure you're prepared for anything.


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