Cincinnati, OH – (February 18, 2015) –City crews are continuing to work 12 hour rotating shifts to make roads as clear and drivable as possible. Overnight snowfall is impacting road conditions.
Steady progress was made on residential streets overnight before additional snow began to fall. Crews have shifted their efforts to focus on primary streets to make them as clear and passable as possible.
Residents should use extreme caution if driving this morning, and give themselves plenty of extra time to reach their destinations.
The National Weather Service forecast is: Today: Snow, mainly before 3pm. High near 17. Wind chill values as low as zero. Light west wind increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
ACCIDENT REPORTING PROCEDURES: The Cincinnati Police Department is operating under Accident Reporting Procedures, which means that during severe weather where vehicles are drivable and there are no injuries, drivers should go to the closest police district to file a report.
SNOW REMOVAL: Public Services crews continue working 12 hour rotating shifts to salt and plow area roadways.
TRASH SERVICE: There was no scheduled trash collection Monday with collection being delayed by one day all week. Additional delays are possible due to road conditions. Residents are encouraged to set their trash to the curb on the holiday schedule, and leave it at the curb until it is collected.
Quick Statistics about the City of Cincinnati:
•Approximately 60 trucks are being deployed on rotating 12-hour shifts
•Approximately 15,500 tons of salt on hand
•Approximately 15,200 gallons of calcium chloride on hand
•Approximately 8,700 gallons of beet juice on hand
•Approximately 40,000 gallons of brine
•Cincinnati is 78 square miles and has 2,835 lane miles of roadway
•The average Cincinnati Winter brings 20-25 inches of accumulation
Tips for Winter Weather Events:
Using off-street parking during snow events will allow crews to work efficiently. Be observant of Snow Parking restrictions and emergency declarations when they are in effect.
Always yield to snowplows when driving. Only pass if absolutely necessary, give crews plenty of room to do their job.
Do not shovel or push snow into the right of way when clearing a driveway or clearing off a car.
Shovel as necessary to keep storm drains open to minimize the risk of black ice as snow starts to melt. If citizens adopt the storm drains near their home, it will go a long way towards keeping the approximately 60,000 City storm drains properly draining water from the roadways.
Understand it takes time to clear roads following a snow event, and have patience as crews work to get the job done.