|Roadways remain treacherous as crews brace for new storm|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 03 January 2014 10:30|
Roadways remained treacherous today as Wood County continued to dig out from a multi-day snow storm.
In Bowling Green, the city's snow removal crew planned to spend most of today getting ready for another expected shot of snow Saturday night and Sunday.
"We're going to be hauling out as much snow as we can and making sure the snow is pushed back on the streets," Director of Public Works Brian Craft said this morning.
The city has two crews working 12-hour shifts. Craft said the public works staff is being bolstered by city employees from other departments, such as arborist, inspection and the wastewater division, who have driver certifications for the larger vehicles and equipment. "We reach out to the other divisions to pull together resources."
The city canceled its snow emergency at 8 a.m. Wood County also canceled its Level 1 snow emergency this morning.
Craft said no weather forecast agency has been willing to predict how much snow to expect over the weekend.
As of this morning equipment breakdowns have been minimal "but it will be a real test with the cold. It's only going to get colder. At least we can pull the equipment into the shop and let it warm up. Just getting it warmed up seems to solve some problems" Craft said.
The National Weather Service forecast is calling for temperatures in the upper 20s Saturday with wind gusts to 30 mph. Snow is expected Saturday night with temperatures steady in the 20s and then falling Sunday afternoon and evening to about zero. Highs are expected to be about zero Monday and Tuesday with lows 10 to 15 below Monday and Tuesday nights and wind chills as low as 40 below.
The Bowling Green Ohio Highway Patrol Post was being kept busy by difficult roadways this morning.
A dispatcher said "it's pretty much a sheet of ice out there on all the interstates."
While she could not provide a number of crashes reported this morning, she did state that an estimated 20 crashes were handled by the Bowling Green post on Thursday on day shift, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., not including pull-off incidents.
Also, one minor injury crash was reported Thursday on Interstate 75 at the 168 milepost, near North Baltimore, while a two-vehicle crash was reported at Interstate 280 at Ohio 795; one person may have been transported in that incident.
The Sentinel-Tribune was told of a spin-out crash on northbound I-75 this morning near the U.S. 6 overpass, and that a number of OSP cars could be sighted responding to incidents between Route 6 and Poe Road.
A Wood County Sheriff's dispatcher indicated that the morning had thus far been fairly quite for them, with no crashes reported.
The Ohio Department of Transportation issued a traffic alert this morning for a crash on Interstate 475 northbound between I-75 and U.S. 24. The left lane was closed due to the crash, which was reported at 7:50 a.m.
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