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Winter Storm Warnings Issued For Central Ohio

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The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for much of Central and Southwest Ohio.

The warning was issued for the following counties from 10 a.m. Thursday until 1 a.m. Saturday:

  • Champaign County
  • Clark County
  • Clinton County
  • Delaware County
  • Fairfield County
  • Fayette County
  • Franklin County
  • Greene County
  • Highland County
  • Licking County
  • Logan County
  • Madison County
  • Perry County
  • Pickaway County
  • Ross County
  • Union County

Storm Team 4's Jym Ganahl says snow will increase the rest of the day Friday and into the night with accumulations of 4 to 6 inches. As soon as the sun goes down the roads will ice over and be covered in snow.

Saturday will be a dry day for travel to Indianapolis with highs only in the middle 20s.

The next storm brings snow on Sunday. Jym expects 1 to 3 inches will accumulate during the day, and freezing rain at night.

For the rest of the week, lows will be near zero with the snow cover.

Officials said 126 ODOT snow plows are on duty as  of Friday afternoon to battle winter weather. The drivers focused on interstates, US and state routes in Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union Counties.

Depending on the precipitation, ODOT plow drivers will be salting, plowing or both.

ODOT crews plan to work 12-hour shifts until roads are safe and passable.

City of Columbus Snow Warriors were working Thursday night, treating streets with a light coating of salt as the storm approaches.  A total of 37 City of Columbus trucks were on the streets Thursday night, increasing to 70 City of Columbus trucks on Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. 

As of Friday evening, 72 trucks were on duty. The number will decrease to 45 for the overnight hours into Saturday.

Those 70 trucks will work through the day Saturday and the weekend, in preparation for another storm that is forecasted for Sunday.

The Snow Warriors will treat, and plow as the snow falls on bridges, ramps, overpasses, state Routes 33, 104 and 315, arterial streets and school routes. 

Motorists are urged to slow down, allow additional distance between themselves and the car in front of them and to allow extra time to reach destinations. 

Ben says this predicted weather is very uncommon so early in the season in our part of the country.

Looking back at historical Columbus snowfall data for early events, we have: Dec. 5, 2007 (4 inches) and Dec. 12 and 13, 2010 (3 inches).  However, if we were to receive 6 inches or more, which is less likely due to a prolonged period of sleet/ice, then we go back to Nov. 28, 1958 (6 inches), Dec. 3, 1957 (8 inches) and Dec. 1, 1952 (6 inches). 

The last major snow and ice storm in December, though at a later date, was Dec. 22 and 23, 2004. The storm knocked out power on the eastern side of the metro area for days, due to extended freezing rain and glaze.  Areas west of I-71 had received between 6 and 12 inches of snow and ice, and areas in western Ohio received between 12 and 24 inches.

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