Ice and Snow… Take It Slow
Winter weather forecast to impact eastern Ohio this weekend
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Friday, December 18, 2009) – According to weather forecasters, last minute holiday shopping this weekend may be a little tricky in eastern Ohio due to an intensifying storm moving from the Gulf, across Florida to off the Southeast Coast and then the Mid-Atlantic Coast before moving eastward out to sea late Sunday.
ODOT District 11 is reminding motorists in Ice and Snow… Take it Slow. Eastern Ohio is expected to see between four and six inches of snowfall from this event tomorrow, but ODOT is prepared. ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Richard Bible said, “All of our counties have already scheduled crews to handle this weekend event.”
Bible said, “According to our weather-monitoring service providers, light snow and flurries are forecast to develop after 6 p.m. this evening with accumulating snow forecast by midnight. Snow is forecast to fall throughout the day on Saturday and into Saturday night before tapering to flurries after midnight.”
Conditions on the road can change mile by mile, minute by minute. Being a careful and informed driver is the best way motorists can travel safely – Know Before You Go. ODOT’s Web site BuckeyeTraffic.org provides up-to-the-minute highway information on road and weather conditions, road closures, highway patrol accident updates, and traffic congestion alerts – all available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
District 11 also reminds motorists to give snow plows room to work. As many as 120 snowplow trucks and over 200 drivers will be on state, U.S. and interstate routes at any given time this weekend. The equipment is large and slow-moving, and operators must contend with limited visibility.
ODOT safety experts urge motorists to stay clear of snowplows by using the following tips:
· Distance – Give snowplows and graders room to work. Don’t tailgate. Also slow down for oncoming snowplows; snowplows plow far and wide.
· Speed – Snowplows travel below the posted speed limit. Be patient.
· Vision – A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they don’t always see you. Keep your distance and watch for sudden stops.
For more information contact:
Becky McCarty, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us