(ODOT District 9, Chillicothe) – The next winter storm to impact southern Ohio will move into the area early tomorrow, January 19, and although it remains uncertain as to what the region will get and when, more than 110 snowplow operators and mechanics from the Ohio Department of Transportation District 9 are on standby and ready to go.
Based on forecasts from the National Weather Service and ODOT systems, a wintry mix of freezing rain, rain, sleet and snow is expected for much of the area beginning Saturday morning and continuing until early Sunday.
Currently, it is anticipated that warmer temperatures will bring mostly rain to south-central Ohio at the onset and during the day Saturday. This, however, will likely transition to snow during the evening and overnight hours as cold air moves in and temperatures drop.
There is also the threat of freezing rain during the early morning hours in the northern and western parts of the district, especially in Highland and Ross counties, where there is a greater chance for ice and accretions up to 1/10 of an inch. By the end of the storm Sunday, snow accumulations for the district could vary from one to three inches, with slightly more to the north.
With a widespread forecast for the district, the first round of crews will be dispatched as early as 3:30 a.m., with additional crews reporting at 4 a.m., 6 a.m. and as needed throughout the storm.
As with any forecast, conditions are subject to change, and the type of precipitation will be dependent upon the storm path and when temperatures change.
Regardless, motorists should expect inclement weather to impact roadways, and from clear and wet to ice and snow, additional caution will be needed throughout the weekend.
Drivers are reminded to follow these safe-driving practices:
- Reduce their speed
- Brake early, brake slowly, brake correctly
- Allow additional travel time
- Maintain a safe following distance behind other vehicles
Motorists are also reminded to give ODOT crews room to work. A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted, so it is important that drivers keep their distance and watch for sudden stops
ODOT District 9 includes Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties.
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