Winter storm blankets most of Tri-State area

A Winter Storm Warning will remain in effect for much of the Tri-State as the remnants of a large snow system leaves the area.

The warning is expected to expire for most of the Tri-State at 10 a.m. Monday. It will expire in some counties in the southern portions of Northern Kentucky at 1 p.m.

As the storm leaves the area, communities to the south and east of Cincinnati should continue to see more accumulation. An additional 1-3 inches of snowfall is possible in those areas.

The following counties are under the Warning:

Ohio: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fairfield, Fayette, Hamilton, Highland, Hocking, Warren

Kentucky: Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Kenton, Bracken, Grant, Lewis, Mason, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson

Indiana: Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland, Union, Wayne

According to the National Weather Service, the official snowfall for this storm was 2.2 inches by 8 a.m. The year-to-date snowfall is 45.8 inches.

Drivers are urged to use caution as the roadways should be slick and snow-covered.

Many areas saw a tenth to three-tenths of an inch of ice from freezing rain and sleet Sunday morning. That ice is now buried under the snow and will make driving conditions very hazardous this morning.

The 9 First Warning Weather team says frigid temperatures will cause some slick spots as well.

Conditions in much of the Cincinnati metro area are expected to improve as the day goes on. However, it’s going to be a cold and breezy day with temps reaching 20 degrees for a high. Wind chills this morning will be below zero at times, and in the single digits throughout the day.

Crews with the City of Cincinnati said they will clear the primary streets first and continue to keep the streets clear as snow accumulates. Crews are using a salt/sand mix to stretch salt supplies in some areas.

Officials said keeping those primary streets clear is their top priority but crews are only seeing temporary success as the streets are quickly covered with new snow.

Drivers should expect many streets to remain unplowed and use extreme caution if driving this morning.

The city said there are about 47 trucks out working to clear the streets. Road crews started this snow event with about 2,700 tons of salt on hand.

Sharon Smigielski of the Ohio Department of Transportation cautions weekend drivers.

"If road conditions are bad, drivers need to be aware," she said. "They need to slow down for conditions. They can't drive at 55 miles-an-hour on wet or icy roadways. If they can stay home during the worst part of the storm, that would be very helpful."

RELATED: Counties remain under snow emergencies
Snowfall totals around the Tri-State

Nancy Wood of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said road crews worked through the night to combat the ice and snow in Northern Kentucky. 

Kentucky transportation officials said they have to clear 2,000 miles of highways in Northern Kentucky. It started the storm with about 7,000 tons of salt available and more than 60 trucks available. Three trucks were solely concentrated on the Cut-in-the-Hill.

Here are some helpful links to prepare for winter weather:

9 tips for driving on icy roads

What you need in your car if you get stuck in the snow

Car not starting? How to prevent a dead battery

Sign up for severe weather email and mobile alerts

LIVE interactive radar

Download the WCPO Storm Shield app  (storm-based alerts for life-threatening weather events)

WCPO traffic updates

Latest power outages from Duke Energy

Flight cancelations and delays from CVG, other U.S. airports

*According to the State of Ohio , snow emergency levels are defined as such:

  • LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.
  • LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.
  • LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.
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