“When you get these heavier bursts of snow, even if they have just gone through and plowed, the roads become treacherous again for a period until they can get back to their patrols,” Scioto County Emergency Management Agency Director Kim Carver said Monday afternoon. “The road crews are out, going through their patrols. But then we get these heavier bursts of snow that come through. It drops a quick inch or two on what they have already plowed, and it makes keeping up with it difficult during the height of the storm.”
High winds added to the conditions creating driven snow at times through Monday evening.
“Road crews should be able to catch it up, so road conditions should improve somewhat on Tuesday (today),” Carver said. “Keep in mind, this warning will still be in effect until Tuesday (today) morning.”
A new inundation of snow spread over parts of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana through the early morning hours today.
Snow, heavy at times, reached into the evening hours Monday, diminishing late Monday night, leaving around 4 to 7 inches in some parts.
The Ohio Department of Transportation crews throughout District 9 were kept busy treating roads Monday across much of the district, which includes Scioto, Pike, Ross, Lawrence, Jackson, Highland, Brown, and Adams counties.
Crews will continue their efforts to treat and plow the state highway system until the winter storm completely moves out of the area.
One of the most treacherous spots Monday was Feurt Hill Road, where several motorists became stranded.
“The county went across and told them they treated it, but it was coming down so fast and hard it did not stay clear long enough to get them down,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Portsmouth Post Commander Lt. Mike Crispen said. “The (Scioto) County Engineer decided each time they come in for a load (of salt) they would go out across that spot and try to keep up with it on their way to their next route.”
Crispen said one wrecker, responding to that area got stuck attempting to get up Feurt Hill.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet road crews in Department of Highways District 9 remained on duty working 12-hour shifts, treating roads in Greenup, Lewis, Boyd, Carter and other counties in Kentucky.
Allen Blair of District 9 said motorists should be alert for snow and ice on roadways, and motorists should allow ample travel time and take it slow until all of the roads are clear.
American Electric Power Ohio was expecting widespread power outages and expected any outages to last for a number of days.,
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