ODOT, Columbus prep for as much as 7 inches of snow on central Ohio roads


WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) – Snow is expected to get into central Ohio from Saturday night through Sunday. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the city’s road crews spent all Saturday preparing to prep the roads to be ahead of the storm.

More than 200 ODOT crews will be out all Saturday evening and Sunday morning clearing the snow to ensure a safe journey for everyone.

While ODOT focuses on the freeways and freeways, the Columbus crews will tackle the neighborhoods and back streets, which are also important to staying clear.

How much snow will Columbus and central Ohio get? Winter weather next Saturday

For Counties Hardin, Logan, and Union, a winter storm warning will go into effect from 6:00 p.m. Saturday and 7:00 p.m. Sunday. During this time, heavy, wet snow between 5 and 7 inches will build up in the area, making travel difficult.

The rest of central Ohio will be on a winter weather consultation. In areas like Franklin County this is slated to begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday and continue at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The total amount of snow along the I-70 corridor reaches 3 to 5 inches and then mixes with rain in the morning and afternoon. All of these can lead to dangerous travel conditions.

As the storm hits over the weekend, all the road crews suggest that you stay home and let the crews work at their pace when you don’t need to be in an important location.

Cold and dry most of Saturday before a snowy rest of the weekend

“I think in central Ohio in the north we will only have snow,” said ODOT spokeswoman Breanna Badanes. “But in southern Ohio we can see snow turning to rain where we may have these icy snow conditions.”

ODOT and the city will work a total of 12 to 16 hours, depending on how bad the roads get on Saturday night.