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As a winter storm watch is in effect for the region, Norfolk County reminds residents to take precautions to stay safe, such as staying off roads, monitoring the weather conditions, and postponing non-essential travel.

The ice storm is possible late Wednesday into Thursday with a prolonged period of freezing rain leading to significant ice buildup in some areas which may cause power outages, downed trees, and the potential for roads to be impassable.

Residents are asked to move parked vehicles from the road in advance of the storm.

Members of the community can visit Hydro One’s website for information on preparing for storms, and how to stay safe during a power outage – and follow alerts for the area on the Environment Canada website.

Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. Information on emergency plans and kits can be found at getprepared.gc.ca

Closures and cancellations of County services including garbage and recycling collection, ServiceNorfolk, Provincial Offences Office, museum, library and recreation programming, Ride Norfolk, Health and Social Services, and transfer stations will be made by 7 a.m., and communicated through Norfolk’s social media channels (@NorfolkCountyCA respectively, on Facebook and Twitter).