Erie County officials are in preparation mode, readying plans to plow roads and provide emergency services, as temperatures begin to plummet and high winds and lake effect snow begin to whip across the region.

But a spokesman said county offices will remain open during the storm and the services they provide will be available to county residents.

“We want just want people to know the county is going be on the job and working for them despite how cold it gets,” said Peter Anderson, a spokesman for County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. Meanwhile, Poloncarz and various commissioners and department heads will hold a mid-afternoon press conference to detail the county’s preparations for the impending storm. Those anticipated to attend the news conference include the commissioners of public works, emergency services and public health.

“They’re going to meet with the county executive to talk about preparation and readiness for the storm in terms of what will be done with roads and plowing, information that residents should have to stay safe in very cold temperatures and preparations for the provision of county services in such extreme cold,” said Anderson.