10TV Winter Storm Blog: Franklin County Under Snow Emergency
5:55 A.M. UPDATE: There won't be any Meals On Wheels deliveries in Franklin and Fayette counties today. People living in those counties should use their blizzard boxes.
5:30 A.M. UPDATE: Franklin County is now under a Level 2 snow emergency. Click here for a complete list of counties under snow emergencies.
5:25 A.M. UPDATE: In addition to Ohio State, Capital University, Columbus State Community College and DeVry University will be closed. Franklin University has canceled morning classes.
5 A.M. UPDATE: 10TV just got word that COSI will be closed today because of the winter storm.
4:55 A.M. UPDATE: Licking County has been upgraded to a Level 2 snow emergency. Click here for a complete list of counties under snow emergencies.
4:15 A.M. UPDATE: The winter storm warning for Franklin County has been extended until 6 p.m. this evening.
4 A.M. UPDATE: Live Doppler 10 meteorologist Mike Davis said the most dangerous part of traveling to work this morning was walking through the parking lot. Rain falling on top of ice is deceptively dangerous. The parking lot may look just wet, but it is very slick.
2:45 A.M. UPDATE: If you've parked your car outside overnight, expect to find it encased in ice this morning. 10TV photojournalist Brian Wicker had to break off chunks of half-inch-thick ice to get into his vehicle in the parking lot. Wicker reported that heavily salted roads were slicker than those with more packed snow. If you have to take to the roads Wednesday, it may take plenty of time just to get into your car.
2 A.M. UPDATE: Live Doppler 10 chief meteorologist Chris Bradley has been receiving reports from southern Ohio of up to an inch of ice forming on trees and power lines. Although no reports of major outages have been received at this time, AEP is expecting problems, particularly south of Columbus.
12:40 A.M. UPDATE: The Ohio State University will be closed on Wednesday. Get the updated list of closings and delays here.
11:40 P.M. UPDATE: Those planning to fly out of Port Columbus on Wednesday should be aware that many flights have been cancelled or delayed. A link to Port Columbus flight information may be found under "Traffic Links" on 10TV.com's Traffic page.
11 P.M. UPDATE: Now that Union County has declared a Level 1 snow emergency, only Delaware, Franklin and Madison counties have yet to issue emergencies in the immediate area surrounding Columbus. But all motorists need to show caution on the roads, which are covered by snow and freezing rain. The full list of snow emergencies and their meanings can be found here.
10:30 P.M. UPDATE: Columbus City Schools cancel Wednesday's classes. Get the updated list of closings and delays here.
10:25 P.M. UPDATE: Between ODOT and the City of Columbus, more than 200 plows are out on the roads right now, but it might not make much of a difference, 10TV's Kurt Ludlow reports. When freezing rain turns back to snow after midnight, whatever clearing the plows are doing now will be covered over by what falls overnight.
9:25 P.M. UPDATE: 10TV crews traveling the roadways report traffic on area highways is traveling at less than 30 mph. Highways are snow-covered, and freezing rain and sleet are compounding the slippery conditions.
9 P.M. UPDATE: Vinton County, located southeast of Columbus, has been placed under a Level 3 snow emergency. The full list of snow emergencies and their meanings can be found here.
8:35 P.M. UPDATE: Ohio University campuses in Lancaster and Pickerington will be closed on Wednesday.
6:45 P.M. UPDATE: Tuesday evening events are already being canceled.
2:15 P.M. UPDATE: Live Doppler 10 chief meteorologist Chris Bradley says the snow should begin falling at about 3 p.m. We should have 2 inches on the ground by 7 p.m. An additional 6 inches will fall from 7 p.m. through 7 a.m. There is a potential for ice falling after midnight, Bradley said. Three more inches of snow could fall after 7 a.m. and the storm should slow down by 4 p.m.
12:30 P.M. UPDATE: The Ohio Deparetment of Transportation has 123 crews working to clear snow throughout District 6, which includes the counties of Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union. There are 24 crews working in Licking County and 14 working in Fairfield County.
NOON UPDATE: Live Doppler 10 meteorologist Mike Davis says the "action" should start occurring this evening. Portsmouth received 4 1/2 inches of snow as of noon. Fairborn had 3 1/2 inches; there were 2 1/2 inches in Chillicothe and Circleville received 2 inches of snow.
11 A.M. UPDATE: A storm that forecasters said has the potential to dump at least a half-foot of snow on central Ohio closed schools on Tuesday and slowed traffic as it worked its way north.
A winter storm warning extends into Wednesday for most counties in southern, central and northeast Ohio. Click here to see the latest forecast from Live Doppler 10 meteorologist Mike Davis.
Several counties remain under snow emergencies. Click to see the latest list, updated at noon.
Traffic was a nightmare for thousands of central Ohioans who battled snowy and icy conditions. 10TV traffic reporter Karina Nova said there were numerous crashes that contributed to the slow commute. Look at live traffic cameras and road conditions by clicking here. Let us know how your commute was on Tuesday morning by clicking here.
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