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Overnight Snow Leads to Long Morning Commutes in Central Ohio

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A blanket of snow greeted central Ohioans on Tuesday morning, leading to long commute times and frustrated drivers.

Road crews from the City of Columbus and the Ohio Department of Transportation were out in force all morning clearing roads, but they could not work fast enough to prevent major delays for thousands of drivers.

Debbie Webster was among those suffering on Ohio's highways on Tuesday. The Dayton resident said her commute time ballooned to three hours because of the snow.

"I've been stuck on I-70 for the last hour," Webster said. "That's a long time."

Webster's trip to work was prolonged further by a flat tire that may have been caused by a bent piece of metal found along I-70 on the bridge over I-270. The object is believed to be the cause of several issues that affected vehicles during Tuesday's expanded rush hour.

Like Webster, Chris Shoulders braved the elements while driving between Columbus and Dayton, though his trip originated in the capital city.

"It's a long commute for me. It's not very fun when I got to take the whole day off," Shoulders said.

While workers expressed frustration with the snow's impact on their daily routines, the disruption was a welcome gift for many central Ohio students who were able to climb back into bed due to several weather-related closings and delays.
 
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