People and crews are gearing up as another winter storm makes its way to the Tri-State, potentially dumping several inches of snow across Greater Cincinnati and causing morning rush hour traffic snarls.
The National Weather Service's Wilmington post is projecting moderate to heavy snow to begin after midnight and continue throughout Wednesday morning before switching to rain and sleet. The heaviest snowfall is expected to happen during the morning commute with fast accumulation. An inch or more of snowfall per hour is possible early Wednesday morning.
Three to five inches of snow is expected inside the I-275 loop with 4-6 inches possible in the northern parts of the Tri-State and 2-3 inches to the south.
The NWS says even with temperatures near freezing, heavy snow will cover the roads and make travel difficult. The City of Cincinnati says it's preparing for that eventuality.
“In response to the forecast, DPS crews have been inspecting and calibrating equipment, reloading the salt domes, and examining snow routes. DPS crews will begin reporting at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening to pretreat roads and will continue to work 12-hour shifts until further notice,” the city said in a press release.
The city adds the crews’ focus will be on keeping priority routes passable. They also ask residents to do their part in helping crews by limiting travel or staying home if possible. Their goal is to have all streets be passable within 24 hours after the snowfall stops.
In Kenton County, officials will issue a Level 1 snow emergency beginning at 11 p.m.
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