A severe winter storm advisory is in effect for Ottawa County. According to the National Weather Service, a severe storm cell is moving into the area Thursday evening and continuing through Friday. The storm is expected to produce heavy accumulations of ice and snow across northeast Oklahoma.
Officials are advising residents to prepare for the worst. Miami Emergency Management Director Glenda Long said residents need to get everything in order in preparation for the storm immediately.
"Whatever they need to do, they better do it now," said Longan. "People need to make sure they have plenty of water, batteries, blankets, food, etc., to last a few days. They should also prepare to shelter where they are - preferrably in their own home."
The First Christian Church has been identified as a warming shelter should Miami loose power for an extended period of time. Alexander Elementary in Commerce has also been identified as a warming shelter.
The Red Cross is making preparations to provide water and other necessities to area residents in the event of an emergency.
The Miami News-Record will provide information on its website as it becomes available.