Storm To Hit Southern Ohio Tonight
District 9 Crews Ready For Next Round
Of Snow, Possible Ice
Chillicothe (Monday, February 8,
2016) – With a winter storm at the area’s doorstep today, snowplow
operators from the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9 maintenance
facilities are ready to answer Mother Nature’s call and hit the pavement.
The National Weather Service’s Wilmington office has issued a
winter weather advisory in effect from 6 p.m. tonight through 6 a.m.
Wednesday, February 10. Currently, the forecast is calling for a mix of rain
and snow through the remainder of the afternoon and early evening before
changing to all snow tonight. And for much of the District 9 region, snow
accumulations of two to four inches of snow are expected during the 36-hour
storm cycle, with the potential for slightly higher totals to the east.
With precipitation varying between rain and snow, roadway conditions
are mostly wet and could be slick in spots. Going into the early evening
hours, a limited number of crews will begin their patrols at 4 p.m. Additional
forces called in as needed throughout the evening, and a full complement of
crews from all eight counties in the district will be dispatched to work
12-hour shifts beginning at midnight.
Although ODOT crews will be working throughout this winter storm,
motorists are reminded of the need for additional caution when traveling
during inclement weather. Drivers should follow these safe-driving practices:
Reduce your speed, driving below the posted limit;
Brake early, brake slowly, brake correctly;
Allow additional travel time; and
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. For more safe driving tips
and statewide road condition information, visit ODOT on the web at www.Ohgo.com, and for additional forecast
information from the NWS, visit www.weather.gov.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
direct line and outside Ohio