Windy Conditions Make for a Messy Snow Removal

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The Ohio Department of Transportation continues to work to clear away the winter mess.

They’ve been anticipating the winter storm for the last few days and crews hit the roads Sunday around Noon and worked throughout the night and into the day Monday. Public Information Officer Morgan Overbey said she anticipates crews will continue on 12-hour shifts across Central and East Central Ohio into the overnight.

“Something that is going to make it a little more difficult is the fact that it is so windy out,” said Morgan Overbey ODOT public information officer for District 5. “Those drifts are going to push the snow back onto the roads, so crews may have been on their route and then 10 minutes later it’s going to look snow covered again because of those drifts.”

Motorists need to take their time and give plows room to work.

“Just take it extra slow. Give yourself plenty of extra time. Our crews you may not know this but when they’re driving on I-70 they can only drive 40-45 miles per hour. So take it slow. They’re taking it slow out there to take care of the roads for you,” explained Overbey.

Overbey said that some of these crews routes are around 40 miles long, so it may take some time to get back to your street.

Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.