Here come the ice, snow
Rainy Monday sets the scene for bad traffic

BY TANYA ALBERT
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Brace yourselves, Tristate drivers.

Rain Monday + freezing temperatures overnight = Perfect conditions for a really messy commute this morning.

“It's raining today and water is running off the hills into the roadway,” Hamilton County maintenance superintendent Larry Beck said Monday as crews prepared 70 dump trucks to run 57 routes.

Temperatures were supposed to dip into the low 20s after midnight Tuesday, turning rain into snow and turning water on the roads into ice, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

“The salt is in and the spreaders on,” Campbell County Road Department clerk Lois Blanchet said Mon day. “That's about all we can do until we need to go out.”

Once the temperature drops below freezing, it will take one to two hours before the bridges freeze and three or four hours for the roads to freeze, said Diane Watkins, a highway maintenance supervisor for Cincinnati.

“There's always a concern when we have this much moisture on the road and the temperatures are supposed to drop,” she said as the city prepared 64 trucks to handle the bad weather.

In Warren County, the Ohio State Highway Patrol was making sure they had as many troopers as possible on duty this morning, said Sgt. Carl Roark, of the Lebanon post.

Icy roads mean plenty of fender-benders and people sliding into ditches, he said.

“If people are on the interstate, they should wait in the car instead of going for help,” Sgt. Roark said. “It's safer. With cell phones and CBs, we almost always receive reports.”

Cincinnati.com Weather Page



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