(Cleveland) - The state is bracing for a major winter storm this weekend. Emergency officials will be monitoring it from the Ohio Emergency Operations Center on the north side of Columbus.

Spokesperson Tamara McBride says they'll be getting updates from the National Weather Service and making decisions based on the changes in the forecasts.

"We're certainly going to be reaching out to our county partners to make sure they know what the information from the National Weather Service is," said McBride.

The biggest concern is ice. Some forecasts are calling for up to a half-inch of freezing rain to fall. The heaviest ice would be along the Ohio River. McBride says there are concerns about power outages. The state does have generators staged around Ohio that can be used to power emergency warming centers.

Right now, McBride says the focus is getting information out to the public so Ohioans can prepare for what Mother Nature is bringing.

Ohio weather can be very unpredictable.

"Last week we had ice jams, tornadoes, and snow all in the same week, so you just never know," she said.

The Ohio EMA won't kick into action until a county emergency management office requests their assistance.

(Photo by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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