ODOT preps for snowfall, snow bans, emergency levels issued

ODOT preps for snowfall, snow bans, emergency levels issued

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Snow is expected to develop Tuesday night and transition to Lake Effect snow by Wednesday evening across the Snowbelt region.

Richland and Ashland are the only counties, so far, that have issued snow emergencies. As of 10:30 p.m. they were under a Level 1.

The Village of Newburgh Heights has issued a snow parking ban until further notice. They are asking residents to move their cars out of the streets so plows can better clear the roadway.

Eighty trucks and drivers in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga Counties will work around the clock on 12-hour shifts treating and salting the roadways to make sure motorists get to their destinations safely.

During the Wednesday morning commute, those traveling in eastern Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties should be prepared for snow-covered roads and reduced visibility due to possible heavy snow showers. Motorists are encouraged to visit Ohgo.com before they hit the road tomorrow for up-to-date road conditions and weather information. Adding extra travel time is also advised.

As the air temperature continues to drop, so will the pavement temperatures. The pavement temperatures are important to ODOT because that is how we decide what products will be most effective for treating the roads to keep them free of ice and snow.

A Lake Effect Snow Watch for Lake and Geauga counties begins late tonight through Thursday afternoon.  Snow accumulations of six to 14 inches are possible where snow bands persist.

ODOT District 4 is ready as well in Ashtabula, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Summit and Trumbull counties starting Tuesday night through Wednesday. Over 110 drivers will be working 12 hour shifts plowing and salting the roads. During the storm trucks will be spreading salt and salt brine on the roads.

When the air temperatures begin to drop, so will the pavement temperatures. The pavement temperatures will help ODOT managers and drivers determine what products will be most effective to keep the roads safe during the storm. Please see the below specific information on how many trucks will be plowing in each county.

Ashtabula County – 23 trucks

Mahoning County – 16 trucks

Portage County – 12 trucks

Stark County – 17 trucks

Summit County- 18 trucks

Trumbull County 23 trucks

As always our best advice, in Ice and Snow... Take it Slow.

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