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Columbus Snow Warriors prepare for winter weather

The City of Columbus is upgrading priority streets and making changes to the Warrior Watch website to provide real-time updates for residents.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When it comes to snowfall in central Ohio, there's no such thing as preparing too early. 

The Columbus Snow Warriors checked their equipment, loaded up, and moved out on the road Wednesday.

After frustration in previous snow seasons, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said the city is making improvements to how it handles winter weather events.

"I think people are going to see us getting into neighborhoods faster than we have before with moving up those residential areas into higher priorities as well as using other city resources and potentially private resources to get into neighborhoods faster," Ginther said.

The Department of Public Service is making changes to the Warrior Watch website to provide real-time plowing updates. The city has also trained an additional 125 employees from other departments to help clear the roads.

"We have folks from utilities, Recreation and Parks, public service, and even other public entities like Metro Parks," Ginther said.

Two-hundred and fifty miles of the city's priority three streets have been upgraded to priority two, meaning they'll get cleared after the roads by schools and hospitals.

"We're gonna get into neighborhoods faster to treat for whatever weather conditions are headed our way," said Ginther.

Those interested in becoming a Snow Warrior can apply here.

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