CINCINNATI (AP) -- A mix of freezing rain and sleet that blasted Ohio overnight and left roads icy turned to rain in most areas by midmorning Friday, leaving Ohioans bracing for the next wave of wintry weather.
The storm closed hundreds of schools in southwestern and central Ohio and salt trucks were out in force treating roads in preparation for snow later in the day.
The Ohio AAA auto club was braced for thousands of calls from stranded drivers, and the city of Cincinnati said it expected to keep 65 to 70 trucks on the road with crews working 12-hour shifts
Brian Davis, manager of an Auto Zone store in the Cincinnati suburb of Anderson Township, said customers started coming in Thursday to prepare for the snow and ice.
"We had a lot of people in yesterday buying de-icer, scrapers and salt," Davis said.
He said the store also was selling a lot of wiper blades.
That was Steve Brokamp's reason for coming to the store Friday. He said the only problem he had Friday morning was scraping ice of his windshield. He said he had been putting off getting new wiper blades for his vehicle, but thought he better get that done.
Brokamp, of Anderson Township, wasn't worried much about the predicted snow.
"I'm semi-retired, so I'll just hibernate by the fire," said, Brokamp, 71.
Central and southwestern counties of the state were under a winter storm warning until 1 a.m. Saturday, with a winter storm advisory declared for counties farther to the north and west, said Myron Padgett, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
He said parts of central and southwest Ohio could get 5 to 9 inches of snow by midnight Friday.
Canceled flights were reported Friday at airports in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati.
Amy Gilliland, of Lawrenceburg, Ind., didn't have any problems commuting Friday morning to Cincinnati. But she had to scrape ice off downtown parking meters.
"All the meters were frozen over," she said. "I had to bang on them to get them to work."
Gilliland, 39, said she did drive more slowly in case of icy overpasses and bridges and had some concern about her commute home later in the day.
"But I think everybody gets over-hyped about the weather," she said.
Some areas of the state were expected to see temperatures plunge into teens for the weekend.
Winter storm and ice warnings were also in effect Friday for parts of several states, including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.