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Columbus Officials Caution Residents Before Winter Storm: 'Stay Home'

Snow on highway
Rogelio V. Solis
Associated Press

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther is urging residents to stay home or find shelter before what's expected to be a heavy snowfall.

The National Weather Service’s winter storm warning extends to Tuesday afternoon and forecasts as much as 8 inches of snow. Ginther warns there could be a third day of snowfall later this week.

“What we’re encouraging the public to do is stay home,” Ginther says. “Move cars to off-street locations if possible, to allow our snow warriors who are going to have to make several passes this week with the three different events, give our snow warriors that room to operate.”

Ginther also reminds residents to stay on top of shoveling their sidewalks.

"It may take several passes this week, but continue to clear your sidewalks, check on your neighbors and go to warriorwatch.columbus.gov to see where the plows have been," Ginther says.

Ohio Department of Transportation officials also encourage residents to stay home, warning that roads will likely be slick because the temperature of pavement around the region is in the 20s, low enough that precipitation will freeze on contact.

Nick Evans was a reporter at WOSU's 89.7 NPR News. He spent four years in Tallahassee, Florida covering state government before joining the team at WOSU.