Winter weather

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The rains came but the snow, it seems, may not be as bad as originally thought. 

Late Tuesday forecasters warned a winter storm could dump heavy rains on the area before mixing with and turning to heavy snow by Wednesday night. 

Seth Binau with the National Weather Service in Wilmington says moist air is streaming up from Texas but there’s a definite border between it and drier air to the north.

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Cincinnati has an ordinance requiring property owners to remove snow from the sidewalk, but it's a law that's rarely enforced.  Public Services spokesman Larry Whittaker says the city doesn't have the resources to go after offenders. 

“Usually when we’re in a big winter operation… we have everyone working really hard to get the streets cleared and we just don’t have the resources to strictly enforce a lot of the ordinances that are on the books,” Whittaker says.

Instead, he says they hope people do it voluntarily. 

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Cincinnati will be starting the snow season with less road salt than it would like, but things could be worse.

Public Services Director Gerald Checco told a council committee Tuesday so far there is about 16,000 tons in storage.

“We know several cities, several villages around Cincinnati that have asked us to sell them the salt that they could not procure,” Checco said.  “We also are aware of entire states without salt contracts at this point.  That is going to be resolved, but that is a problem that we are very much mindful of.”

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Tri-state road crews are bracing for more snow and ice beginning later tonight.

Cincinnati public works employees are on 12-hour shifts, which started last night.

“We began pre-treating our hills, bridges and overpasses,” said Jarrod Bolden, superintendent of traffic/road operation.  “We continued that pre-treating method through this morning.”

Some communities have been reporting salt shortages because of all the snow and ice this winter.

National Weather Service website (Wilmington, Ohio)

*Update 4:30 pm (From Metro)* All Metro service is operating. Three routes are on detour due to ice and snow (new addition in bold):

  • Rt. 24 Anderson - UC (Liberty Hill)
  • Rt. 31 West End - Evanston Crosstown (Hackberry Loop)
  • Rt. 39 Western Hills - Uptown (Liberty Hill)

Additional detours and delays are possible throughout the Metro service area as it continues to sleet and snow.

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