Forecasters: Ohio to get brief reprieve from snow

LISA CORNWELL Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Ohioans in parts of southwestern and central Ohio can expect a brief reprieve from the snowfall that created hazardous driving conditions Friday before another round of snow is expected to move into the state Sunday.

The storm that brought icy roads and hazardous driving conditions to much of the state stretched from South Texas up into northern New England and the Canadian Maritimes, but the National Weather Service predicted sunny skies with colder temperatures on Saturday before the arrival of the next blast of wintry weather.

The system expected to move into Ohio by Sunday morning could bring another 1 to 3 inches to parts of southern Ohio, with an inch or less possible in central portions of the state, said Mike Kurz, a meteorologist with the weather service's Wilmington office. By afternoon Sunday, snow should change to a wintry mix as temperatures increase, Kurz said.

The snowfall that moved through parts of the state on Friday created hazardous road conditions and led Butler and Hamilton counties to declare Level 2 snow emergencies, with only those who felt it necessary to drive advised to be on the roads.

By Friday night, portions of southwestern Ohio, including Hamilton, Butler and Warren counties, had reported about 6 to 7 inches of snow, with around 5 to 6 inches farther north and east, Kurz said. He said the heavier snow had begun to taper off some.

All told, southwestern Ohio seemed to cope fairly well.

Amy Gilliland, of Lawrenceburg, Ind., said the wintry weather wasn't too much of a problem for her, although she said she did have to scrape ice off downtown Cincinnati parking meters Friday morning.

"All the meters were frozen over," Gilliland, 39, said. "I had to bang on them to get them to work."

Brian Davis, manager of an Auto Zone store in the Cincinnati suburb of Anderson Township, spent most of his time coping with a steady flow of customers buying deicers, scrapers, salt and windshield wiper blades and fluid.

Customer Steve Brokamp, who had been putting off replacing wiper blades on his vehicle, said he thought it was time to get that done but wasn't too concerned about the weather.

"I'm semi-retired, so I'll just hibernate by the fire," said, Brokamp, 71, of Anderson Township.

Some areas of the state were expected to see temperatures plunge into the teens over the weekend.