Wintry Precipitation Mix Hits Southern Ohio
ODOT Crews Responding To Freezing Rain, Ice
Chillicothe (Tuesday, January 15, 2013 – 10:15 p.m.) – Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation - District 9 have taken to the area's roadways tonight as a wintry mix of rain, freezing rain and sleet has hit the region.
All available crews from Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties are patrolling and treating routes, where pavement is wet, slick and icy in spots. With the forecast calling for additional precipitation throughout the night, crews will remain on the state highways to treat and clear roads; however, motorists are reminded of the need for extreme caution. Pavement temperatures are expected to drop to near or slightly below freezing after midnight, and as bridges and elevated surfaces are likely to be colder, they are subject to freezing more quickly and greater accumulations of ice.
During any type of inclement weather, motorists need to reduce their speed and allow additional travel time. They should also maintain a safe following distance behind other drivers, especially snowplow operators. A snowplow driver's field of vision is limited, and trucks travel at speeds well below the posted limited. Whether traveling city streets, county roads or state highways, motorists should give all road crews room to work. Remember: Don't Crowd the Plow!
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