While a few morning flurries weren’t enough to bring traffic to a halt Monday, we’re already looking ahead to the next round of impacts for central Ohio from the winter storm moving through the country.
As the snow flurries wrap up through Monday afternoon, road surface temperature will remain chilly. Right now roads are below freezing through most of central Ohio which means that the threat for black ice is still out there.
ODOT has nearly 600 crews out Monday treating the roads and preparing for any refreezing that could happen during the evening rush and later tonight as temperature fall back down to the 20s.
After Monday night, the concern shifts to Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Snow showers will move back into the area Tuesday night, and we could pick up 1-3 inches of snow before sunrise. Just in time for the morning rush on Wednesday, we’ll see a mix of snow and freezing rain. This means another round of slow traffic and slick roads. By the end of rush hour, around 9 a.m., on Wednesday the freezing line reaches I-70. There is a chance for a thin glaze of ice from freezing rain before it all changes to rain.
By the time Wednesday’s evening rush rolls around, temperatures will be in the 40s and roads will just be wet from rain.