Snowstorm coming to northern Ohio: What you need to know to get through the storm

CLEVELAND - With a massive snowstorm hitting northern Ohio Wednesday, check out this resource guide we put together to get you through it.

First, a blizzard warning and winter storm warning took effect at 7 a.m. Wednesday and runs until 7 a.m. Thursday. Power of 5 meteorologists are calling for 6 to 12 inches of snow in most parts of the region. Follow forecast updates here: http://on.wews.com/WG30i7

Our Power of 5 meteorologists are providing live updates and chatting with users about the storm on our storm tracking page: http://5.wews.com/gmfJ0 . The chat page is also available on our mobile apps (download our apps by searching for "newsnet5" in your device's app store).

Roads are expected to be extremely treacherous as the snow falls, and snow emergencies are in effect in some areas. Check out the list here: http://on.wews.com/VisyTF . Monitor the latest crash incidents and traffic flow using our map: http://newsnet5.com/traffic . You can also check out road conditions from ODOT here: http://buckeyetraffic.org

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is already preparing for cancellations ahead of the storm. United Airlines said it expects to cancel 60 percent of its flights in/out of Cleveland starting at noon Wednesday. All travelers are urged to check before they leave for the airport. Check the airport's flight tracker here: http://5.wews.com/gm59p

Also, if your flight does get canceled or delayed, check out some travel tips here: http://5.wews.com/gmnR7

The Ohio Department of Transportation said it is ready for the snow , with 53 snowplows out in Cuyahoga County, 13 in Lake County and 14 in Geauga County. The city of Cleveland also said 47 drivers report to work at midnight.

In storms like this, power outages are very likely to occur. Check the latest outages on FirstEnergy's outage map: http://5.wews.com/gmghW

The American Red Cross offered this power loss checklist: http://on.wews.com/10j94BF. Here are general winter weather tips from the Red Cross: http://on.wews.com/WRqlRT

As the snow starts falling, send us your snow pictures. Email them to 5pix@newsnet5.com , but please include details about the photo, including where it was taken and who took it.

If you're a Twitter user, please use the hashtag "#OHsnow" when tweeting, so we can follow your updates.

To help you through the storm, NewsChannel5 will be offering extended newscast coverage Wednesday, with a one-hour newscast at noon and a special newscast starting at 4 p.m.

Also, if you're looking to get instant updates on the storm, buy our Storm Shield app in the Apple App Store or the Google Play store for Android. It's $4.99 and allows you to program up to five different locations for alerts. Get more info here: http://newsnet5.com/stormshield

Keep checking newsnet5.com for more information.

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