Motorists in the area could possibly encounter ice on roads this weekend. As precipitation moves into the area Friday night, conditions will be favorable for a mix of sleet and freezing rain, according to the National Weather Service. Freezing rain will be most likely form late Friday night into Saturday morning.
Accumulating ice is expected before precipitation changes to rain early Saturday afternoon. A brief period of freezing rain will also be possible on Sunday morning.
“This storm coming up for the weekend is going to be one of those storms that a couple of degrees Fahrenheit will mean the difference between a dangerous buildup of ice and plain rain with wet roads,” Scioto County Emergency Management Agency Director Kim Carver told the Daily Times.
Carver said people should monitor temperatures and the latest forecasts to keep abreast of rapidly changing situations with the storm.
“Early forecasts for Thursday were indicated less than a tenth of an inch of ice if any would be possible,” Carver said. “If that changes EMA will be using social media to update folks on the latest conditions.”
During the early appearances of snow and ice, drivers usually aren’t prepared for winter driving and forget to take it slow. The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness and the Ohio Department of Transportation urge drivers to remember to drive well below the posted speed limit and leave plenty of room between vehicles. Roads that seem dry may actually be slippery and dangerous. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady areas. All are hot spots for black ice. Remember, Ice and Snow … Take It Slow.
Carver said although the area is still about 30-36 hours away from the initial chance of freezing rain, confidence is increasing in the potential for a glaze of ice across large portions of the area Friday night into Saturday. Another round of freezing rain will be possible Saturday night into Sunday morning.
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