Mary Alice Reporting – A winter weather mix is expected Tuesday night through Wednesday and anyone out is reminded to practice safe driving.

The morning commute could be difficult as snow is in the forecast followed by rain showers and temperatures hovering around the freezing mark.

Tuscarawas County Emergency Management Agency Director Alex McCarthy says, based on National Weather Service models, snow is expected to begin between 3 am and 5 am on Wednesday.

“Areas in the northern end of the county are probably going to get more snow, anywhere between two to four inches, whereas parts of the southern half of the county might be dealing with a half inch to an inch of snow.”

One concern is a period of rapid snowfall is predicted which will create a difficult situation for plow truck drivers to keep up with clearing the roads.

McCarthy adds another concern, for older adults, relates to shoveling and this being heavy wet snow.

“One of my big concerns is people having heart attacks with trying to shovel that, so this is going to be a difficult kind of snow to shovel. We just want to encourage everybody to take your time while shoveling snow and rest if you need to.”

By late Wednesday morning the snowflakes will transition to rain and into Thursday, temperatures will dip slightly to create a chance of slick spots for that morning’s drive.

Those out driving are reminded to give plow trucks plenty of room, to slow down, and to provide extra travel time to a destination.

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