Central Ohio gets whacked by winter again; Columbus, ODOT working to clear morning commute


    A sudden storm that brought quick snow accumulation, and temperatures just below the freezing mark, wreaked minor havoc across Central Ohio on Sunday. Plowing crews were planning to remain out in force overnight to ensure a smooth commute Monday morning. (WSYX/WTTE)

    A sudden storm that brought quick snow accumulation, and temperatures just below the freezing mark, wreaked minor havoc across Central Ohio on Sunday. Plowing crews were planning to remain out in force overnight to ensure a smooth commute Monday morning.

    Temporary road closures and lane closures were in effect all over the region Sunday as cars made a habit of sliding into highway barriers and off the road into ditches. On Scioto Darby Creek Road, driver Ryan Atzenhoefer said he had no choice but to skid off the shoulder after a patch of black ice got his pick-up truck sideways.

    "The snow came on pretty quick, and then it definitely covered the roads within an hour, I'd say," Atzenhoefer relayed to ABC 6 / FOX 28. " It seemed like I hit a patch of black ice underneath the (I-270) bridge."

    Elsewhere, cars were sideways on 315-southbound; a three-car wreck slowed I-270 southbound before Roberts Road; and a pick-up truck flipped onto its side on I-670 eastbound near downtown Columbus, closing two lanes.

    In Hocking County, a sedan flipped onto its roof after going off State Route 33 during the afternoon blitz of snow. Information on the crash was not readily available Sunday night.

    Columbus Division of Public Service spokesman Michael Liggett said Sunday that city plow crews were being instructed to focus on Priority One routes from Sunday night through Monday's morning commute. Priority One roads are major arteries into and through the city, including State Routes 315 and 23, and portions of State Route 33.

    Columbus City Schools reported Sunday evening that the expected changing conditions overnight would force administrators to make an early-morning decision on whether to hold the school day on Monday. Columbus City Schools does not use any sort of delay to avoid morning weather issues.

    The weather forecast overnight predicted a change-over to a wintry mix and rain in the wee hours of Monday, with the temperature hovering just above the freezing point. Stay tuned to ABC 6 News and Good Day Columbus for more Monday updates.

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