ODOT preps for cold night and lots of snow - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

ODOT preps for cold night and lots of snow

Crews are preparing to tackle the snowfall. (Source: WOIO) Crews are preparing to tackle the snowfall. (Source: WOIO)
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As an arctic cold front moves through northeast Ohio, the Ohio Department of Transportation is taking a good look at the pavement temperatures to determine the best method for treating area roadways.

ODOT has 17 tons of salt on hand as they prepare for the real blast of winter weather. With daytime pavement temperatures in the mid to low-teens and overnight pavement temperatures dipping into the single digits, possibly colder, ODOT is making an adjustment.

"We've added calcium chloride. We just add that to the salt. It aids in the deicing process and it warms up to -25 pavement temperature," explained Molly Leonard with ODOT.

The Lake Effect Snow Warning for Lake and Geauga counties began at 9 p.m. and is expected to drop 8" or more of snow by 4 a.m. Thursday. A Lake Effect Snow Advisory went into effect for Cuyahoga County at 9 p.m. and is expected to bring 4-6" of snow by 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Snow will accumulate rapidly where lake effect snow bands persist and visibility may be reduced. The Wednesday morning commute may be greatly impacted by the heavy snowfall, along with blowing and drifting snow. Motorists should expect conditions to change mile by mile and minute by minute.

The agency is fully staffed with 80 snowplows to plow, salt and treat roads as necessary until this event is over in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties.

"Our crews are on 12-hour shifts and they'll be working around the clock 'til this event's over," said Leonard. 

As with any storm, listening to some common sense advice never hurts.

"Just remember to leave early. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go safely," said Leonard.

Everyone can "KNO B4 U GO" by checking ODOT's website www.Ohgo.com for up-to-date road and weather conditions, along with traffic speeds and traffic cameras.

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