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Plan Ahead for Your Morning Commute

ODOT is preparing for steady snow expected to begin this evening and continue through tomorrow morning. Plows will be out in force all night, but drivers should plan extra time for tomorrow's commute - here's why.
Winter Weather Expected: A few inches of snow throughout southwestern Ohio will develop late this afternoon and evening. Snowfall is expected to be light and steady near midnight, with steady snow between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. Friday. It is during this time the most accumulations will occur and this will affect the Friday morning commute. Traffic could be moving very slow. 
Challenges: The two biggest challenges for plow drivers will be the timing and rate of the snowfall. More vehicles on the road for the morning commute reduces the ability to clear the snow since the plows get caught in the same slow-moving traffic as other drivers. Once traffic clears and ODOT has room to work, progress can be made.
What Drivers Should Expect: If snow is still falling, pavement will be snow-covered. ODOT's goal during a storm is passable, not perfect. Drivers should anticipate a slow commute Friday morning until the snow stops and crews have room to clear lanes. 
Plan Ahead: Allow plenty of extra time to safely reach your destination tomorrow morning. More than 120 ODOT crews will be working on interstates, state and U.S. routes in southwestern Ohio so be alert and don't crowd the plow. 
For more information contact: Brian Cunningham at (513) 933-6517 or Liz Lyons at (513) 933-6534.


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