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Holiday travelers head home early as winter storm moves into Tri-State

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FLORENCE, Ky. - Crews at the salt pile began pre-treating Cincinnati city roads at 7 p.m. Tuesday to make roadways as safe as possible for the morning commute.

With a chance of freezing rain and sleet overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, crews d idn't want to take any chances.

Highways around the Tri-State have been filled with drivers due to the holiday, and man y travelers cut short their holiday plans to get home before the winter storm hits.

"I don't want to be in this mess," Tammy Phelps of Nashville said. "I got a tiny door stop of a car. I gotta get home."

Phelps took a break from driving at the Florence rest stop off of southbound I-75.

"In the south we don't get a lot of snow," Brenda Whitaker of Nashville said. "It snowed last night up here just a little dusting made us nervous getting home. If it snows, it takes that much longer to get to the house."

Brenda Whitaker and her family are headed in the same direction. They left their relatives house near Detroit a day early.

"We rushed through Christmas dinner, sat down and everything, pig out relax, after dinner we had to roll today," Whitaker said.

She was disappointed she couldn't spend more time with her ailing sister she sees every few months.

"We're trying to beat the snow, then we heard they're having tornadoes coming across Texas, trying to beat that too, so we decided to leave a day early," Steve Odell of West Palm Beach, Fl. said.

In the meantime, the salt trucks were hard at work in Camp Washington monitoring road conditions in the city throughout the evening.

Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport are also taking extra precautions. Some flights are delayed and canceled as the storm moves in. For the latest delay information, visit http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp .

If you must drive overnight, Cincinnati Winter Operations warns drivers to be alert if you come across hazardous conditions like black ice. It's also important to be extra prepared and have a warm blanket, water and charged cell phone on you in case of an emergency.

For the latest traffic information around the Tri-State, visit wcpo.com/traffic .

For more on the forecast and what to expect in the next 24 hours, visit wcpo.com/forecast .

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