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Central Ohioans Brace For Friday Storm

UPDATED: Friday December 6, 2013 9:49 AM

Central Ohioans are in for a weather shock this week.

Many Ohioans who began the day in unseasonable warmth can expect an icy blast of winter weather soon.

Temperatures in the 50s and 60s across much of the state were expected to plunge 30 to 40 degrees by the weekend.

The National Weather Service says a cold front moving through will bring rain changing to a wintry mix overnight in most of Ohio, followed by significant snowfall later Friday in the southwest and central regions.

Road crews are preparing to work long days.

"Well, our crews are actually making sure our plows are in good shape, visibly. And then, the crews go home and rest, and then they know when they are coming back to work a 12-hour shift,” said Nancy Burton of the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Close to 100 ODOT snow plows will be on duty by 11 p.m. in District 6 which covers Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union Counties.

Depending on the precipitation, ODOT plow drivers will be salting or plowing or both.

Meanwhile, there are flood watches across southeast Ohio with rain and sleet expected.

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