Road crews work to get ahead of plummeting temps

Concern is heavy rainfall turning to ice
Posted at 10:59 PM, Dec 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-18 08:16:34-05

CINCINNATI -- After Friday night’s freezing rain caused dozens of crashes, road crews worked to get ahead of Sunday morning's plummeting temperatures so streets wouldn't ice over again.

Local and state agencies had salt trucks spread across the region overnight from Saturday into Sunday. The main concern was Saturday night's heavy rainfall turning to ice.

Though many roadways and interstates are clear, black ice is still possible. Drivers should use extra caution on bridges and overpasses.

Sunday morning could bring a few flakes or patchy freezing drizzle. As a result, there was a Winter Weather Advisory until about 8 a.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service originally set the advisory to last until noon but allowed it to expire early.

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol said there have been 22 crashes in Clermont County alone since Friday night. The Ohio Department of Transportation reported more than a dozen crashes that closed roads between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Friday night into Saturday morning.

Heavy rain Saturday afternoon and into evening hours caused flooding in some areas. At one point, Fort Washington Way downtown was completely covered in water.

Heavy rain Saturday caused flooding on Fort Washington Way.

Ohio State Patrol Sergeant Jeremy Grillot said drivers underestimate this kind of weather -- and that can be extremely dangerous.

“They see that it's rain and don't realize that the roads are actually freezing over until it's too late,” Grillot said.

Grillot said drivers should pay special attention to bridges and overpasses.

“...You may be okay just driving on a wet road, and then you get to that bridge deck and it's covered in ice,” Grillot said. “That's where all of our first crashes were last night."

Cincinnati officials geared up Saturday night for the potential of more icy roadways.

Cincinnati residents can check to see if their road has been plowed or treated, thanks to CincyInsights, an interactive portal with 15 dashboards that provide information on roadways, among other city data.

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Troopers said drivers should keep blankets, chargers, flashlights and water in their cars in the event of inclimate weather.


WCPO Meteorologist Sherry Hughes contributed to this report.