Severe weather is expected in southwest Ohio today into Wednesday.
The Storm Center 7 team forecasts the weather could take a turn for the worse around today’s rush hour.
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Here’s a look at how the weather is expected to change over the next 24 hours:
DRIVE HOME / MID-EVENING: Rain is expected to turn to snow between 4 and 9 p.m., with the transition to snow likely around sunset. Some sleet could be possible, too. Temperatures will fall into the lower 30s in the evening.
When snow transitions in the evening, road temperatures may be warm enough to briefly allow some melting. After sunset, the steady snow will accumulate quick enough that it will stick and make the roads snow-covered through the night if not treated.
“These crews will be working around the clock as long as they are needed to make sure we’re prepared,” said Mandi Dillon, an Ohio Department of Transportation spokeswoman.
The Storm Center 7 forecast predicts the winds will come from the north/northwest. Drivers on Interstate 70 in either direction and those traveling north on Interstate 75 should maintain a safe distance between drivers.
OVERNIGHT: Snow is expected to accumulate and become widespread overnight. Temperatures are expected to drop to the upper 20s. Winds will kick up to 25-35 miles per hour.
EARLY MORNING: Snow is expected in the early morning, with poor visibility and winds around 30 miles per hour. Overall snow totals are expected between 3-4 inches. There may be a few areas with a snow total closer to 4-6 inches.
“Any time we have an advance warning of a storm, it helps us to be prepared, to have crews come in, and let the public know they can expect possible slick conditions and add some time for their morning commute,” ODOT’s Dillon said.
WEDNESDAY MORNING-NOON: Snow is expected to taper off around noon. Roads may stay slick through the day, as temperatures are not expected to climb out of the middle 30s. Clouds will decrease at night.
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