Piling Up

Published 10:23 am Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Falling snow continues to slow traffic and cause cancellations.

All schools in Lawrence County are closed today after a few inches of snow fell in the area Monday and overnight.

Area law enforcement agencies responded to several motor vehicle accidents Monday and early Tuesday.

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The area remains on a Level 1 snow emergency, which means that roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. During the emergency, drivers are urged to drive cautiously, as roads may be icy.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory that is in effect until noon Wednesday. Colder air and a prolonged period of light snow showers of varying intensity are expected throughout the region. The service predicts an addition 1 to 3 inches of snow by noon Wednesday.

Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation worked through the night to battle snowfall as well as blowing and drifting snow.

ODOT reports that routes throughout the area are snow covered, with heavier accumulations likely on second and third priority routes.

The department urges drivers to be cautious when traveling through flat, open areas as well as in curves where snow may drift and cover plowed surfaces. Drivers are advised to be cautious when driving on bridges and overpasses, which are likely to freeze more quickly than surface pavement and are susceptible to ice.

Crews from the Ironton Street Department worked until about midnight Monday evening and started again around 7 a.m. Tuesday, Streets Superintendent Mike Pemberton said.

“It’s sort of like spinning your wheels,” Pemberton said. “You clear a street and within an hour it’s covered back up again.”

Pemberton said the crews are working to clear the through streets as well as entrances and school zones of the city. They are also working to clear bridges, hills and underpasses.

“We’re doing what we can with the resources that we have,” Pemberton said.

Pemberton advised residents to stay off the roads if they can.

“If (you) don’t need to come out, stay in where it’s warm,” Pemberton advised. “Just drive safe. This snow seems like it’s slicker than any snow we’ve had.”