Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Salt trucks prep for icy streets

Freezing rain could be followed by afternoon snow

By William A. Weathers
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Freezing rain this morning may be the next challenge for road crews working 12-hour shifts to clear major roads after a weekend snow storm.

Snow is also forecast this afternoon.

Delta Airllnes workers continued to deal with the after-effects of the Sunday snowfall and cold temperatures. De-icing operations using Type 1 and Type 4 Ethylene Glycol continued throughout the day.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
Freezing rain in the morning may be followed by snow flurries continuing through evening rush hour, said Greg Tipton, National Weather Service meteorologist.

An accumulation of 1 to 2 inches is possible, he said.

City of Cincinnati road crews worked round the clock Sunday and Monday to clear the close to 6 inches of snow that fell Sunday.

"We're all through our Priority 1s (major thoroughfares)," Troy Hicks, Public Services operations crew chief, said Monday night. "Ninety percent of our (56) trucks are on Priority 2s (residential streets)."

If predictions of freezing rain hold overnight, most trucks will be used to salt the Priority 1 roads, pulling them away from their work on residential streets, Hicks said.

Hicks said crews are doing a good job clearing the 3,000 miles of city streets.

But Cincinnati officials are urging residents to be patient concerning garbage collection, saying the snow may result in substantial delays.

There were numerous reports of fender-benders and vehicles stuck in the snow Monday, but no major crashes were reported.

Things operated smoothly Monday at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. On Sunday, there were flight cancellations, delays and some stranded passengers.

School officials, including those in Cincinnati Public Schools, were keeping their eyes on developments overnight before making any decision on whether to resume classes today.

A number of school districts already have issued two-hour delays.

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