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Columbus prepares for late-winter surprise

City of Columbus "snow warriors" spent much of Monday preparing for the next round of winter weather in Central Ohio. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- City of Columbus "snow warriors" spent much of Monday preparing for the next round of winter weather in Central Ohio.

Jeff Ortega with the Columbus Department of Public Service said crews started spreading an anti-icing agent on bridges and overpasses throughout the city.

“That’s so it prevents precipitation from bonding to the pavement,” said Ortega.

By late Monday afternoon, snow plow operators were filling their trucks with the 17,000 tons of salt supply left to clear any snow or ice.

The city’s website says snow plow operators are responsible for maintaining just over 6,300 lane miles of roadway in Columbus, the most of any city in Ohio. Ortega added that 35 plow trucks would be ready to clear any problem spots to make certain Tuesday’s commute is safe.

Central Ohio drivers are taking this season in stride.

“I’d rather be in Florida right now. This is crazy,” said Columbus resident Nancy Hall.

ABC 6/FOX 28 also checked with the Ohio Department of Transportation about their plan on covering eight counties they maintain in Central Ohio.

Spokesperson Nancy Burton said crews were monitoring each county closely for changing weather patterns.

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