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Hazardous roads led to crashes, traffic snarls and stranded drivers

I-75 crash and snow
Posted at 5:33 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 18:44:11-05

CINCINNATI — Hazardous roads in the Greater Cincinnati region led to crashes, backed up traffic and left some people stranded after snow swept through the area Monday night into Tuesday morning.

"There was wrecks all over the place, I seen cars this morning, two-wheel drive cars. Not for this, you're not going to make it in this," said Ken Wallace, who lives in Delhi.

Wallace picked up his wife from work at the post office around 3:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, navigating through nearly one foot of snow gathered on local streets, but when they reached the Hopple Street exit on I-75 it was clear they were going to be there awhile.

"Everything just came to a stop," he said.

A semi jacknifed in the road ahead meant crews had to work to clear the wreck around traffic, and Wallace wasn't able to get home until around 8:30 a.m., he said.

"I brought two coats...and I brought two pops and I had a full tank of gas, luckily," said Wallace.

Most major roads and thoroughfares in the region were cleared by Tuesday evening, while residents throughout the Tri-State took to their neighborhoods with shovels and snow blowers.

But they may have to do it all again on Wednesday, as more snow and ice is possible through Tuesday night.

For folks able to enjoy the snowfall, the day was a welcome reprieve and provided opportunities like sledding and playing in the snow.

"Our grandkids are super ecstatic, I'm sure we'll be trying to find a hill somewhere," said Laura Southerland, who lives in Lebanon.

While kids and families take to the hills of Cincinnati, vehicles may want to steer clear of those inclines.

"I fishtailed a couple times in that, even in four-wheel drive," said Wallace.