CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Road crews are out in force throughout southeastern Ohio in anticipation of the winter storm forecast for the region, according to a news release from the Ohio Department of Transportation District 9.
Crews from ODOT’s garages in Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties are patrolling and treating routes as needed Tuesday night in anticipation of the storm that has been forecast.
However, their operations started late Monday night and have continued throughout the day as crews began working 12-hour shifts at midnight, and these shifts will continue through the overnight and into Wednesday.
Periodic bouts of rain, freezing rain and light snows have kept roadways wet, and temperatures are expected to drop throughout the night, which could cause ice to form. In addition, snow showers are anticipated to move into the area Tuesday night, with a possible total accumulation of 3 to 5 inches.
ODOT crews will be treating and plowing routes as needed throughout the storm, and motorists are reminded of the need for additional caution. Along with reducing their speed, drivers need to allow additional travel time and maintain a safe following distance behind other vehicles.
Motorists are also reminded to give ODOT crews room to work. A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted, so it is important that drivers keep their distance and watch for sudden stops.