Snow turns cen­tral Ohio roads sloppy

The Columbus Dispatch - - Metro&state - The Colum­bus Dis­patch

There was enough snow to turn roads slick and tricky for trav­el­ers in cen­tral Ohio on Sun­day.

There were so many crashes that the Colum­bus po­lice were ad­vis­ing mo­torists that they would only re­spond to those where an in­jury was in­volved.

“It was bad,” a 911 dis­patcher for Colum­bus po­lice re­ported, not­ing they were in­un­dated with calls.

A Level 1 snow emer­gency was de­clared in Franklin, Delaware, Fair­field, and Lick­ing coun­ties, mean­ing roads were snow cov­ered.

Over in Madi­son County, there were a num­ber of cars that spun out on the In­ter­state 70 west­bound lanes, slow­ing traf­fic to a crawl around 3 p.m.

The Ohio Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion Dis­trict 6, which cov­ers most of cen­tral Ohio, had more than 100 crews fanned out across the area plow­ing and salt­ing roads.

“If you’re on the road, take it slow!” the Ohio Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion warned on its Twit­ter ac­count.

As of 5 p.m., the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice had mea­sured 1.4 inches of snow at John Glenn Colum­bus In­ter­na­tional Air­port. When the snow ends, there will be about 2 inches in Colum­bus, pre­dicted the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice in Wilm­ing­ton.

The Mon­day morn­ing com­mute could be messy, but the tem­per­a­ture is ex­pected to be above freez­ing and the pre­cip­i­ta­tion will be all rain, the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice says.

So the next weather worry is flood­ing, as rain will also cause al­ready swollen rivers to rise above flood stage again, lead­ing to con­tin­ued flood­ing of low­ly­ing ar­eas.

A flood warn­ing re­mains in ef­fect for the Scioto River in Marion and Delaware coun­ties as well as for the river in south­ern Ohio.

At 10 a.m. Sun­day, the Scioto was nearly 3 feet above flood stage at Prospect in Marion County.

South of Colum­bus, the Scioto was above flood stage at Cir­cleville as of 10 a.m. Sun­day and is ex­pected to re­main above flood stage there for the next five days, the weather ser­vice said.

Flood­ing is ex­pected to af­fect Is­land Road in Cir­cleville, as well as the area around the in­ter­sec­tion of Rts. 22 and 56, and Rt. 762 near Com­mer­cial Point.

The rain on Mon­day and Tues­day will be ac­com­pa­nied by warmer tem­per­a­tures, es­pe­cially on Tues­day, when the high should make it into the 50s. Windy weather, how­ever, will ar­rive as the rains end, and gusts of up to 50 mph could down trees and cause power out­ages Tues­day night.

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