Published 10:29 am Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The weather man called it and don’t we wish he hadn’t. In less than six hours the area got socked with every form of precipitation and there is still more to come, according to the National Weather Service.

The morning commute for those who had to make it was tricky, slippery and scary. The good news, for some, was that all school districts in the Tri-State, including private schools, were closed.

From 2 a.m. this morning there has been between three to six inches of that white stuff dumped in the Tri-State. The average in Lawrence County was three inches, with a half-inch or so more in places like Waterloo.

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And according to the National Weather Service that is just the start of it.

There is expected to be two to three more inches of snow before the precipitation turns to freezing rain this afternoon.

“Then the temperatures will start to rise. Freezing rain will change to rain and we’ll likley pickup a half an inch, maybe even an inch more,” Nick Webb, meteorologist with the service, said. “That rain will continue overnight.”

Wednesday means more precipitation with dropping temperatures.

“It will be a treacherous day. You will have five inches or so of snow and a quarter of an inch of ice on top of that,” Webb said.

So far, the roads have been quiet, say dispatchers with Ironton City Police, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

As of early this morning, there were no reported crashes, either major or fender benders, reported to any of those agencies.

“When people notice there is a large dump of snow, you don’t have as many people out or they drive more cautiously or opposed to a sudden burst of snow,” Sgt. Shane Salyers of the Portsmouth Post, said.