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Mar 6, 2015

04:07:36 GMT--Snow Storm - North-America - USA



EDIS Number: SS-20150306-47215-USA

Date / time: 06/03/2015 04:05:56 [UTC]

Event: Snow Storm

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Ohio

Location: [Brown and Adams counties]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A



Description:



Eight inches and counting was the snow accumulation from the Wednesday/Thursday snow storm that hit the area. Heavier accumulation were seen in southern parts of Brown and Adams counties. A Level 3 Snow Emergency was declared in both Brown and Adams counties by early morning. In Adams County, the riverside village of Rome reported 14 inches of snow Thursday morning. Eight inches of snow was reported at the Observation Deck in Georgetown at 8 a.m. Heavier concentrations of snow were reported in the southern areas some exceeding 10 inches, but no matter the amount, roads were snow covered and treacherous in the counties from top to bottom. In a Level 3 Emergency all roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest. More than 100 snowplow operators from the Ohio Department of Transportation - District 9 continued their efforts to fight snow and ice this morning as a winter storm pounded the region. Crews from the district's highway maintenance facilities in Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties are working 12-hour shifts, and they have been patrolling, plowing and treating routes on the state highway system since the rain stopped and the snow began. Currently, priority and secondary routes are snow covered, and snow accumulation ranges from six to more than 12 inches, with heavier amounts along the Ohio River corridor. While precipitation should taper off by late morning, additional accumulation is expected, and this will be followed by falling temperatures during the afternoon and evening. However, snow isn't the only the battle facing some of the snowplow operators during this storm. High water and downed trees have presented additional challenges to snow-fighting operations, especially in Lawrence County where several routes have been closed or restricted due to flooding and debris. ODOT's crews will continue working throughout the storm; however, motorists can expect roadways to be snow covered and slick. Snowplow trucks travel at speeds well below the posted speed limit, and continuous, steady snow has been covering the roads more quickly than the drivers can travel the distance of their assigned routes to plow them. Motorists are advised to avoid unnecessary travel, but those who must travel are advised to use extreme caution, be prepared and be patient. Drivers need to reduce their speed; allow additional travel and stopping time; and maintain a safe following distance behind other vehicles.




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