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Valley agencies prepared for the deep freeze

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - With extremely cold weather heading our way, Red Cross Chapters across Ohio have been put on alert.

Over the next couple of days up to six inches of snow could fall in and around the Mahoning Valley. Temperatures are also expected to drop. At times, the wind could make it feel like it's 20 to 40 degrees below zero.

"You might be surprised to know that the Red Cross has memorandums of understanding with over 200 sites throughout our area. So, we have sites at the ready and a plan in place and we usually try to localize the shelter to the area that it is needed," said Karen Conklin, American Red Cross Chapter Executive for Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

Trumbull County's emergency management director is hoping the Mahoning Valley will luck out and avoid any sort of power losses. 

She's been tracking the conditions and will be relying on updates from local fire chiefs to determine the county's needs.

"I know the wind chill is going to be down there. I know there is going to be some gusts of wind, but hopefully there won't be any actual need for a shelter. But if there is, we will join forces," said Linda Beil, Trumbull County Emergency Management Director.

Help Hotline will be taking weather related calls in the coming days. If you run into a problem or need some help, both Conklin and Beil encourage you to call 211. The agency will be able to direct you to resources, even get you in touch with the Red Cross.

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