Snow overnight makes Ohio commute messy

DAN SEWELL Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Wintry weather slapped much of Ohio again Tuesday, with fresh snowfall that piled up quickly snarling traffic and giving thousands of children a day off from school.

Most of central and southern Ohio got 1 to 3 inches of snow early Tuesday, with scattered areas getting slightly more, the National Weather Service reported. Some narrow storm bands and the light, fluffy nature of the new snow made it a problem, meteorologist Andrew Snyder said.

"The snow was accumulating so efficiently with very narrow bands that it piled up rather rapidly," said Snyder, who works in the service's Wilmington office in southwest Ohio.

Some large suburban school districts in southwest Ohio canceled classes, and hundreds more had delays. The 33,000-student Cincinnati Public Schools remained open, even though some buses were delayed in conditions that got rough suddenly. A district spokeswoman explained that a call had to be made based on early monitoring of conditions, with student pickups beginning at 6 a.m.

"We had to make this decision so early in the morning," schools spokeswoman Christine Wolff said. "It's a very difficult decision."

Snow emergencies were declared from rural Coshocton County in eastern Ohio to urban Hamilton County in the southwest, meaning people were discouraged from driving if not necessary.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said every available snow plow, or 131 in total, was used Tuesday to plow and treat roadways. State and local officials urged motorists to give the plows room to work and to be patient.

Some flight delays were reported.

The snow was expected to move southeast through the day. Snyder said skies were expected to clear by Tuesday afternoon for southwest and central Ohio, without much warming. Forecasters expect temperatures to fall over the next few days, into the low teens or single digits.

He said while temperatures are lower than usual for early December and the state already has had a couple of significant winter-like storms, it's difficult to say whether a pattern has emerged for the season.

"You probably can't draw any scientific conclusions from that," he said.


Associated Press writer Mitch Stacy in Columbus contributed to this report.