ODOT Prepares for Freezing Rain

by Ashley Zilka on December 30, 2010 at 5:35 am

*****UPDATED***** 4:30 AM

The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory until 8:00 am Thursday Morning. Southeastern Ohio law enforcement authorities are reporting that roads are slick due to freezing rain.  The Ohio Department of Transportation has treated main roads…but secondary and back roads are slick.  Be careful if you plan to drive Thursday morning.

Coshocton County is under a Level 1 Snow Emergency — Roads are icy.



There’s a possibility for freezing rain during the overnight hours…and The Ohio Department of Transportation wants you to know that they are ready.

ODOT Public Information Officer Kate Stickle encourages motorists to remember in ice and snow…take it slow.  She also says roads that seem dry may actually be slippery and potentially dangerous. Intersections, off-ramps, and bridges are all hot spots for black ice.

"With snow, there is actually some precipitation that can provide traction on the asphalt, with ice it’s like ice skaters, they have one thin blade that they actually can slide on so with those tires, they can also slide," said Stickle.

Stickle says ODOT is ready and prepared to spread materials on the roads when the storm comes in.  With holiday travel still occuring, ODOT will closely monitor ground temperatures.

"We also have a weather site that we monitor. The county manager will monitor and watch the storm as it comes into the area and depending on how that storm comes into the area, he will decide how many crews need to go out and how many crews need to apply material and so on," said Stickle.

Stickle says before leaving home, you can find out about the driving conditions by visiting the website www.buckeyetraffic.org.