District 9 Crews Ready For Next Round Of Winter Weather
Motorists Need To Prepare For Ice
Chillicothe (Tuesday, February 4, 2014 – 2:00 p.m.) – As Ohio braces for another dose of nasty weather, so do crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9 highway maintenance facilities who are on standby for the next winter storm.
Currently, the National Weather Services is calling for a changing, wintry mix of freezing rain, rain, snow and sleet to hit southern Ohio during the evening and overnight hours and continuing until mid-morning Wednesday.
“This is likely to be a particularly nasty storm for our crews to fight as they will have to adjust their treatment methods and operations to the storm as it changes,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson. “It is not a simple formula to plow and apply salt to roads when we have ice accretions followed by rain and snow. So if the forecast holds true, our snowplow drivers will have a very tough job.”
With possible ice accumulation of ¼ to ½ inch, an ice storm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service. There is also the potential for black ice and freeze overs to occur in areas where we receive mostly rain as the temperature is forecasted to be at or near the freezing mark.
Snowplow operators from ODOT’s garages in Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties will begin 12-hour shifts at 4 p.m. today to patrol, treat and plow roads as needed, but motorists need to use extreme caution. Along with reducing their speed, drivers need to allow additional travel time and maintain a safe following distance behind other vehicles. In addition, they need to be prepared for varying conditions; from mile to mile and minute to minute, precipitation and pavement conditions are likely to change.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line and outside Ohio