OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT 11 – 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
ODOT Braced for Blast of Winter Weather
NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO (November 20, 2008) – Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) are already preparing for the forecasted blast of winter weather expected over the next two days.
According to ODOT’s sophisticated weather monitoring service and systems, snow is expected over a large portion of the state this afternoon into tomorrow with some heavy lake effect snow forecasted in northeast Ohio.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Dick Bible said, "Utilizing up-to-date forecasting information, we know this storm is coming, so we’ve already scheduled our crews for the overnight hours and are pre-treating all of our roadways today across northeast and east-central Ohio with salt brine to help prevent ice and snow from sticking to the roadways when it starts."
ODOT’s state of the art Road Weather Information System (RWIS) provides such things as pavement temperatures throughout the district, air and subsurface temperatures, dew points, wind speed, and precipitation type and rates.
RWIS is available to everyone by clicking on the link for Road & Weather Sensors through www.buckeyetraffic.org.
Bible said, "The best thing motorists can do to drive safely in the winter is Slow Down. Snow requires more attention and less speed. Motorists should be patient and plan ahead, allowing extra time tomorrow for their morning commutes. Travel conditions can change from mile to mile, minute to minute, so remember, Ice and snow… take it slow."
For more information, contact: Becky McCarty, District 11 Communications, at (330) 308-3949.
ODOT District 11 serves Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties.
ODOT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.