Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
Heavy snow fell earlier this morning across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, snarling traffic and closing or delaying more than 200 schools, including canceling classes for students in the Lakota Local Schools.
A level one snow emergency was declared for Butler County because of hazardous road conditions.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our entire region until noon. Anywhere from 1-3 inches of snow is expected to accumulate by late morning. Bursts of snowfall could be heavy at times, reducing visibility and making roads snow-covered and slick.
“Commuters are urged to allow extra time to reach work this morning,” the weather service said earlier this morning in a special weather alert.
Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Cincinnati Metro post also issued a warning for drivers about dangers of winter weather driving.
Between December 2012 through March 2013, 18,779 crashes occurred on snow, ice or slush covered roadways killing 42 people and injuring 5,253, the patrol said. Speed-related factors were reported as a cause in 56 percent of these crashes.
“Allow extra time to to work or school, maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the traffic ahead, pay close attention to bridges and overpasses – as they are often the first to freeze over – and to drive slowly, as everything including accelerating, turning and braking, take longer on snow-covered roadways, said Lt. Kevin Long.
Temperatures are so cold, the snow is sticking to roads and icy spots have been reported, especially on highway ramps and overpasses.
Road crews are out treating and clearing streets and highways, but the morning commute will be a challenge, dispatchers and police are predicting.
Sue Kiesewetter contributed