Storm warning: Chief says use common sense

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Snow surrounds the statue of William Harvey Gibson on Tiffin’s Courthouse Square at Market and Washington streets Friday.

Tiffin Fire Rescue Division’s leader is encouraging people to use common sense.

It’s going to be cold and windy, and there are going to be hazardous road conditions, Chief Kevin Veletean said.

If one doesn’t have to go outside, he or she should stay home, he said.

National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning until 10 a.m. Sunday.

The weather service predicted Friday night that total snow accumulation would be 6-9 inches with wind gusting as high as 35 mph.

About a dozen local officials gathered at Emergency Operations Center for a National Weather Service briefing Friday afternoon.

The weather service predicted snowfall of up to an inch per hour today, with the heaviest snow around noon through 10 p.m.

Tiffin Fire Rescue Division planned to have seven extra crew members on today’s shift.

Having the crew members already at the station prevents them having to travel there if needed.

They only have to contend with traveling from the station to a scene, instead of traveling from home to the station and then still to the scene, Veletean said.

Tiffin is to be under a snow emergency starting at 7 a.m. today.

Vehicles on designated snow emergency streets in downtown Tiffin must be removed prior to 7 a.m.

A heating center is to be open to the public at Allen Eiry Center 8 a.m. today to 8 a.m. Monday.

In Fostoria, parking is prohibited on the road during a declared snow emergency or when there is snow accumulation of 2 inches or more on the streets. The city also reminded people that vehicles should be removed from the streets to enable plows access for salting and clearing roads.

Tiffin Fire Rescue Division is reminding people with a fire hydrant near their home to keep the hydrants clear of snow.

Snow removal of about 3 feet around the hydrant and a path to the hydrant from the street are suggested.

National Weather Service predicted the windchill Sunday evening into Monday morning would be 20 degrees below zero in Tiffin.

Veletean said he was concerned about people needing to figure out alternative forms of heating to supplement their current heating supply. People who do need to use alternative forms – such as space heaters or fuel heaters – should ensure they’re UL listed and have proper safety features.

People should make sure they keep any combustibles away from them, Veletean said.

In case of a loss of power, people should not put a generator in the garage, he said.

“Run generators outside,” he said.