Ohio drivers could be facing treacherous road conditions with a wintry storm forecast for much of the state.
Forecasters say the storm will hit most of southwest and central Ohio with 3 to 6 inches of snow by Friday evening. A sharp drop in Thursday's unseasonably warm temperatures is expected to bring a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow for Friday morning drivers in many areas.
Crews were activated for treating roads before Friday's commute. Officials in Cincinnati and Columbus said Thursday that crews were going out before midnight.
Ohio Department of Transportation officials in Central Ohio say 125 snow plows were on duty at noon Friday in District 6 which covers Delaware, Franklin, Fayette, Marion, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway and Union counties.
Columbus city officials say their "Snow Warriors" are also hard at work. A total of 72 trucks will be working throughout the day and evening on Friday. Overnight, 37 trucks are scheduled to be on duty. On Saturday, 70 trucks are scheduled to be on the job.
The Ohio AAA auto club expects thousands of calls for help from stranded drivers.
Some areas of the state that began Thursday with temperatures in the 60s are expected to see temperatures plunge into teens for the weekend.