10TV STORM BLOG: Icy Roads Causing Traffic Problems


UPDATED: Thursday January 29, 2009 8:18 AM

7:45 A.M.: North Fourth Street is closed in downtown Columbus after a tractor-trailer struck a utility pole. There are live wires on the street, police said. The road is closed between Nationwide Boulevard and Chestnut Street.

7:25 A.M.: There are several traffic issues across central Ohio this morning.

Traffic is still moving slow along Interstate 270 south at U.S. 33 on the city's southeast side because of a crash, 10TV's Karina Nova reported.

Other trouble spots include I-71 south at Hudson Street, I-71 north at Fifth Avenue, state Route 161 at Sawmill Road and I-270 south near Hamilton Road.

Click here for real-time traffic information.

6:35 A.M.: Icy roads are causing a lot of problems for drivers this morning.

10TV's Karina Nova reported that two lanes of Interstate 270 south are blocked at U.S. Route 33 on the city's southeast side becuase of a crash. Traffic is getting by in one lane.

Several crashes have been reported across the city. Drivers are urged to use caution when driving to work this morning.

Click here for real-time traffic information.

6:20 A.M.: According to American Electric Power and South Central Power, about 136,000 customers across the state are still without power. That includes 7,500 customers in Fairfield County, 2,700 in Perry County, 15,000 in Hocking County and 13,000 in Athens County, 10TV's Patrick Bell reported.

Power has been fully restored to all customers in Franklin County.

Crews said some people may be without power until Friday.

Click here to see 10TV's Emergency Resource Guide, which has links to all power companies and suggestions about what you should do in electrical outages.  Also, go to 10TVToGo.com for our list of emergency resources and to get 10TV's headlines and updates sent to your phone or wireless device.

6:10 A.M.: Fayette County has been downgraded to a level 1 snow emergency. Click here to see the list of counties under snow emergencies and learn what the emergency levels mean.

4:00 A.M.: Columbus City Schools, Columbus Catholic Schools and many other area districts are closed Thursday. Some districts are delaying the start of Thursday classes. Click here to check the complete, up-to-date list of school closings.

7:20 P.M.: Crews scrambled to restore power to thousands of customers who lost their electricity during Wednesday's winter storm.

Late Wednesday afternoon, American Electric Power said about 5,800 customers in Franklin Power were still without electricity. Another 9,000 were without power in Fairfield County, 10TV News reported.

In Perry County, about 4,000 had no power, while 7,000 residents in Ross County were in the dark.

Athens County was one of the hardest hit areas, where about 14,000 customers had no electricity.

During an interview with 10TV, AEP spokeswoman Terri Flora said it could take AEP crews "multiple days" to restore power to customers located in the hardest hit areas.

1:20 P.M. UPDATE: Trash Collection Canceled: Rumpke will not collect trash Wednesday in the following counties:

Delaware
Fairfield
Fayette
Franklin
Licking
Madison
Pickaway
Union

The city of Columbus said trash collection would continue Wednesday, but residents should expect crew to run a little late.

12:15 P.M.:  UPDATE:  Easton will open at 4 p.m.

Grove City has issued a snow emergency, effective immediately. 

NOON UPDATE: Some unofficial snow totals have been reported to the 10TV newsroom.

Baltimore: 6.5"
Bellefontaine: 6.0"
Bucyrus: 6.0"
Kenton: 8.0"
Mansfield: 4.2"
Marion: 3.6"
Marysville: 5.0" 
Zanesfield: 8.8"

11 A.M. UPDATE:  ODOT has 182 snow plows working throughout Central Ohio. This includes the counties of :  Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union. 

ODOT is cautioning drivers:  "Don't Crowd the Plow."  Give the snow plows room to clear the roads.

10:25 A.M. UPDATE: 10TV and 10TV.com will continue live coverage of the winter storm from noon through 1:30 p.m. 

View photos of the winter storm and send us your pictures by clicking here.

9:30 A.M. UPDATE:  10TV's Karina Nova said that traffic is light but there is ice on the roads.  Allow extra time before you leave home or work today.

Columbus police are only taking injury reports after car crashes.  Visit 10TV's traffic section by clicking here.

To the west of Columbus, 10TV's Andy Hirsch said there are no major problems in Madison County.  ONN anchorwoman Denise Alex is in Ross County and is traveling south.  She said roads are treacherous.  Many folks are not on the roads.

9:15 A.M. UPDATE:  American Electric Power spokeswoman Terri Flora tells 10TV that she expects the majority of customers without electricity should have it restored by the afternoon.

8:45 A.M. UPDATE:  The number of Franklin County customers without electricty is growing.  American Electric Power reports 6,391 outages, 10TV's Cara Connelly reported.  Scioto County is one of the hardest hit counties by the ice storm.  Nearly 12,000 customers are without power.  Click here to see 10TV's Emergency Resource Guide, which has links to all power companies and suggestions about what you should do in electrical outages.  Also, go to 10TVToGo.com for our list of emergency resources and to get 10TV's headlines and updates sent to your phone or wireless device.

8:30 A.M. UPDATE:  10TV's Tanisha Mallett reports that not many drivers are out on the roads.  Conditions are slippery where she is in Gahanna and there is about 1/4 inch of ice on the roads.

8:05 A.M. UPDATE:  Nearly 5,400 Franklin County American Electric Power customers were without electricity on Wednesday morning.  The number has been changing all morning and was only in the hundreds an hour ago.

Circuits in Linworth and Gahanna were presenting the most problems for crews, 10TV's Cara Connelly reported.  Click here to see 10TV's Emergency Resource Guide, which has links to all power companies and suggestions about what you should do in electrical outages.

South Central Power reports 2,022 customers without electricity in Hocking County.  Pickaway, Pike and Vinton counties also had hundreds without electricity.

7:55 A.M. UPDATE:  Athens, Hocking, Muskingum, Pike and Vinton counties are all under Level 3 snow emergencies.  Morrow County is under a Level 2 emergency.  Click here to see the list of counties under snow emergencies and learn what the emergency levels mean.

7:35 A.M. UPDATE:  Prime Outlets at Jeffersonville is closed.  Eastland Mall will open at noon.

7:25 A.M. UPDATE:  Hocking County is now under a Level 3 snow emergency.  Click here to see the list of counties under snow emergencies and learn what the emergency levels mean.

7:10 A.M. UPDATE:  The City of Columbus has 54 trucks out now, using salt and sand on the roads. 

10TV's Karina Nova reports no major crashes, but there have been several spin-outs on the road.  Drivers on freeways are traveling about 35 mph.  Click on our Traffic section.

10TV's Tino Ramos, reporting in northwest Columbus by Interstate 270 and Sawmill Road, said more snow is covering the pavement.  He said conditions are worsening.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority is offering free service today.

7 A.M. UPDATE:  Athens County is under a Level 3 snow emergency.  Click here to see the list of counties under snow emergencies and learn what the emergency levels mean.

Non-essential Columbus City employees are to report to work at 11 a.m. 

Franklin County Municipal and Common Pleas courts are closed.

City of Upper Arlington is under a three-hour delay.

6:45 A.M.: UPDATE:  There are 1,434 American Electric Power customers in Franklin County without service.  In Ross County, 1,011 customers are without power.  Athens County seems to be the hardest hit county, with 1,611 customers affected.  Hocking County has 480 customers without power.

If you have a doctor's appointment today, the best advice is to call the office ahead of time to make sure the office is open.  Those closings won't appear on 10TV or 10TV.com.

The Mid-Ohio Food Bank is closed in Franklin County.

Pike County is now under a Level 3 snow emergency.

Rumpke's waste removal and recycling services have been canceled today in Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and Union counties.  Weather permitting, Rumpke will try to resume collection tomorrow, with most customers delayed a day or into the weekend.

6 A.M. UPDATE:  Ice is causing power outages across central Ohio.

As of 6 a.m., American Electric Power reported 1,166 customers in Franklin County without electricity. 

Ross County had slightly more than 1,000 customers and Hocking County had 477 customers affected.  In Athens County, 2,102 customers were without power.

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 the 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.