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Winter storm preparations underway across the Valley

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - When it comes to snow, It's all about having a game plan before the flurries find their way to the ground.

Protocols differ among city, county and state plows, but their goals are the same; keep motorists safe on slick streets.

Trumbull County plans to have all 24 plows out salting the roadways. Mahoning County plows do not pre treat, but plows will begin pushing away snow once two to three inches fall.

PennDOT's Mercer plows are powering up winter shifts a week early. "Of course Wednesday being the day before thanksgiving, there's a lot of people out there traveling and it's our job to be out there to try to keep everybody as safe as we can," said Jeff Dunlap, Mercer County Maintenance Manager for PennDOT.

In cities like Youngstown, plows treat highways and primary roads first.

People are streaming into their local hardware stores stocking up on supplies for the snow that's about to hit.

Bags of salt, shovels and snow blowers are hot commodities this week.

Some will say that a snow blower isn't needed because of the few times we really need to use it. But, it's a nice luxury to have if you can afford it.

"I think it's worth it, unless you've got teenage boys. I definitely recommend snowblowers," said Buddy Colley, Manager Home Depot in Boardman.

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