Crews working prepare roads for Miami Valley drivers ahead of expected snow storm


MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A snowstorm is expected to roll in Saturday, but ODOT crews have been hard at work this week to make sure you have safe commute this weekend.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has been prepping for the winter weather.

Some in the Miami Valley feel winter so far has been pretty mild.

“We’re spoiled, we had all that nice weather in December and I think everybody is in shock,” Connie Hahn said,

Saturday is set to be the first sizable snowfall of the season.

"We’re just trying to get ahead of the storm while the weather is still dry," Mandi Dillon said.

Dillion, who serves as ODOT Public Information Officer, said crews have been out pretreating the roadways the last two days to make sure all runs smoothly for drivers on Saturday.

“We also try to really hit our bridges, ramps, overpasses,” said Dillon.

The department is reminding drivers to give the plow and salt trucks their space for the safety of the drivers and the crews out on the roads.

Some plan on avoiding the roadways and stay inside all together on Saturday.

“I’m going to craft all day [Saturday], I’m going to stay in, make me a pot of vegetable soup, craft a little gnomes and watch it snow,” Hahn said.

ODOT crews have been checking equipment ahead of Saturday’s snowfall.

While the snow is expected to be wet and heavy, it's also expected to fall throughout the day.

"It gives our crews some time to be able to make those passes on the roadways and clear them,” said Dillon. “When it comes down all at once we’re really kind of in a race with Mother Nature."

Crews in and around Montgomery County will be ready to go Saturday at 3 a.m. or earlier if needed.

"We have more than 100 plow trucks here in our district,” said Dillon. “So we’re just going to do what we can to keep up with the storm.”

ODOT said snowfall may hit a little heavier south of I-70 in the Montgomery County and Clark county area.

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