Sunday, January 10, 1999

Storms take a brief timeout

Snow, ice could return Monday

The Cincinnati Enquirer

[breaking ice]
Cincinnati worker Tom Mack tries to clear ice from a drain on the L&N Bridge.
(Gary Landers photo)

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        Road crews and commuters got a little break Saturday after a snowstorm missed the Tristate.

        But that didn't make life much easier. While expressways and main roads were clear, many side streets were just seeing the first signs of help.

        On Cincinnati's west side, water works employees scrambled to repair two weather-related water main breaks that contributed to icy conditions at Baltimore Avenue and at the intersection of Covedale and Rapid Run.

        Slick spots caused several crashes on Interstate 75 north of Interstate 275 Saturday morning, but no serious injuries were reported, Ohio Highway Patrol officials said.

        The Tristate avoided the 2 to 4 inches of snow forecast Friday because temperatures stayed warmer than anticipated, said Julie Reed, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

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        Snow flurries are predicted today, though no accumulation is likely. Temperatures should reach 26 degrees with an overnight low of 12 degrees.

        Hazardous driving conditions could return Monday afternoon as a smaller winter storm band brings a mix of snow and sleet that could linger through morning rush hour Tuesday, Ms. Reed said.

        Cincinnati road crews were still trying to catch up Saturday after nine days of snow, sleet and freezing rain.

        About three-quarters of residential city streets received some sort of treatment Friday, and the city was trying to finish that job Saturday, City Manager John Shirey said.

        Ninety-five trucks were on the job and crews continued to work around the clock on 12-hour shifts.

        Even after Cincinnati re cruited three private companies to help clear residential streets, those plans fizzled Friday evening when rain began freezing the roadways, sending all city equipment back to treat primary roads.

        Saturday's work focused on laying a mixture of salt and chemicals on streets, many for the second time in 24 hours, because heavy rains had washed away 4,000 tons of the mixture laid on Friday, Mr. Shirey said.

        Despite icy conditions, city garbage collection is expected to be on schedule next week although recycling bin pickup is at least one day behind, Mr. Shirey said.

        He asked that city residents make the job easier for garbage collectors by loosening trash cans from the frozen ground and placing them away from snow drifts.


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