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State and local officials warning on slippery roads, sub-freezing temperatures

A deep chill arrives Thursday night across Ohio, along with snow and windy conditions.

Ohio Department of tlTransportation spokesperson Brooke Ebersole says as the temperatures drop, and the rain turns to snow, the roads will become dangerous.

"We are anticipating those temperatures to really take a stark nosedive Thursday night into Friday morning,” says Ebersole. “If you can adjust your travel times and not be on the roadways during those really frigid icy conditions, by all means you should."

American Electric Power reports it will have 1,800 lineworkers, contractors and support personnel available to respond and restore power should outages occur.

The National Weather Service reports there could be patchy blowing snow with wind gusts reaching forty-four mph.

Scott Tourville with the Columbus Department of Public Service says the city road crews are waiting for the rain to turn to snow ice before they act.

"Our crews are ready to go, just kind of going to be waiting for the snowfall to hit. We do expect it to transition, probably not before 10:00 and definitely by 2 a.m.,” says Tourville. “So we'll be ready to rock and roll as soon as that transition takes effect."

Tourville says the city has plans to tackle important roadways and connecting roadways first, before moving onto residential streets.

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.