Freezing Rain, Ice Expected Tonight
District 9 Crews Ready For Next Winter Storm
Chillicothe (Tuesday, January 15, 2013 – 4:45 p.m.) – With freezing rain and a possible ice storm moving into the area tonight, crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9 highway maintenance facilities will be dispatched by early evening to begin patrolling and treating as needed.
Currently, predictions call for freezing rain to move into southern Ohio along the Ohio River between 8 and 10 p.m. tonight, with ice moving across the district by midnight. This wintry mix is expected to continue throughout the late and overnight hours, with some sleet and possible snow occurring in the early morning hours on Wednesday.
While snowplow operators are ready to hit the highways, motorists are reminded of the need for additional caution tonight, especially when traveling over bridges and overpasses and in curves. Pavement temperatures may start out just above freezing, but these are expected to drop to near or slightly below freezing after midnight. Bridges and elevated surfaces are likely to be colder, so this will be where the highest ice accretions occur.
For statewide road condition information, visit ODOT’s newly launched web site, www.Ohgo.com, which has replaced Buckeye Traffic as the department’s site for traveler information.
ODOT District 9 includes Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties.
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