Warning: Hazardous roads for NYE party-goers
Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:26:51 GMT —
Road conditions could be dangerous when New Year's Eve parties and celebrations come to an end after midnight Wednesday.
Snow is expected to be falling consistently starting New Year's Eve and continuing through Thursday.
Estimates put the total snowfall to hit the area anywhere from five to nine inches.
The Ohio Department of Transportation warns drivers to slow down.
Crews will be working 12-hour shifts through the night and into Wednesday to prepare for the winter blast.
"This is the type of activity that we do. This is our signature service here at ODOT. We take care of ice and snow," says ODOT PIO Theresa Pollick.
ODOT drivers who work the overnight shift often encounter impaired drivers, but when snow falls on a night like New Year's Eve, they must be extra cautious.
"We'll have a heightened awareness for what's going on tonight. We hope that everybody remains safe out there," says Pollick.
The storm is projected to bring gusts of wind up to 30mph, and drop up to nine inches of snow going into Thursday.
ODOT reminds everyone never to drink and drive. There are several organizations that offer rides home is you cannot get home safely.