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Ohio Drivers Battle Frigid Temperatures

COLUMBUS -- The below-freezing temperatures caused trouble for many central Ohio drivers Friday.

Early morning temperatures in Pickaway County reached only single digits, and it felt even colder with the wind.

Frigid temperatures limited the success of salting.

"As soon as it turns it into water, instead of draining away, it turns it into ice," said Wes Warner of Warner Asphalt. "It re-freezes is the problem now."

The sheriff's office had advised drivers not to go on the roads unless absolutely necessary. Brenda Blanton found out why.

She said a typically 10-minute drive to the bank took half an hour.

"It was pretty bad. It's real icy," Blanton said. "I drove like 35 (miles per hour) the whole way here."

Main roads were the easiest to navigate, but snow covered a layer of ice on hundreds of miles of back roads.

Still, even highway driving posed problems.

"In some spots it was hard to see, especially when you have semis driving past you," Steven Young said. "They blow all that snow into you and you can't see nothing."

Several counties in central Ohio were under winter advisories Friday.

Click here for the latest forecast.

 
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