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Snow, Ice Sweeps Through Central Ohio, Hitting Southern Counties Hardest

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Storm Team 4's Bob Nunnally says March has come in like a lion with several inches of snow in the Interstate 70 corridor and snow and ice south.

Now, the obligatory Arctic cold blast follows the storm.

Highs on Monday will only be near 20. Wind chills will be subzero Monday morning and just barely above zero Monday afternoon.

Monday night, with clear skies and fresh snow pack, lows will be near zero.

The record low for Columbus is 1° set back in 1943 and the record will be in jeopardy. There won’t be any major storms this week but temperatures will once again stay well below normal most of the week.

The normal temperature for Central Ohio is in the mid-40s. Bob expects that we will get close to that by Friday.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation had 125 snow plows on duty throughout Central Ohio to ensure interstate, state and US routes, ramps and bridges are safe and passable.
 
Snow plow operators will work 12-hour shifts through Sunday into Monday or until the storm ends in Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union counties.

As of Sunday night, a total of 79 City of Columbus trucks are on the road. City of Columbus Snow Warriors are treating and plowing State Routes 33, 104 and 315, bridges, overpasses, ramps and arterial streets.

Storm Team 4's Bob Nunnally's Forecast:

Today: Partly sunny, frigid winds (Chill: 0/-10). High 19
Tonight: Sparkling clear skies, bitterly cold, record low 1/1943. Low 1
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, cold. High 25 (12)
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 33 (18)
Thursday: Partly sunny. High 37 (23)
Friday: Partly sunny, milder. High 44 (30)
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, rain/snow showers. High 42 (25)
Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 37

Central Ohio has seen several major storms this year, so road warriors have more than enough experience to handle the storm.

It's just matter of getting plow drivers out on the road at the right time.

The storm will also put more pressure on the crews who have to clean up, amid already-taxed budgets.

Workers at the Ohio Department of Transportation salt barn that covers most of Central Ohio spent Friday preparing the tools they will need to handle a mix of ice and snow that is expected to hit this weekend.

Workers were told to prepare for a busy weekend, but it's too soon for them to know when they will have to report to work.

The type of storm we'll see will make all the difference.

Officials said plowing snow is the best option, as they would love to avoid an icy mix.

"When there is ice or when it's mixed in with the snow, it takes more salt, it takes more work to go over and over on those routes to make sure they are safe and passable," said Nancy Burton, spokeswoman for ODOT District 6.

So far, this winter has cost District 6 $10 million. Last year, they spent half that for the whole winter.

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