Columbus prepares for major winter storm, between 6-8 inches of snow possible


    <p>The City of Columbus said their crews are ready for a weekend winter storm expected to bring up to a foot and ice to Central Ohio. (WSYX/WTTE){/p}

    The City of Columbus said their crews are ready for a weekend winter storm expected to bring up to a foot and ice to Central Ohio.

    Cab driver Mohammad Farah spent Friday trying to decide if he’s going to work Saturday.

    "It's possible I might, it's possible I might not, so I have to see what the weather look like and then make a decision,” said Farah.

    Farah is not sure he'll be on the road, but the Columbus Snow Warriors will.

    Friday afternoon, crews made sure their trucks were working properly. Afterward, the trucks applied brine on city streets overnight.

    "We're anti-icing all the up to the event. So we'll be working all night putting as much liquid down,” said Frank Williams with the Columbus Department of Public Service.

    Williams said they have 100,000 gallons of liquid and 20,000 tons of salt.

    The city is also using technology to fight the storm with a control room will help crews keep an eye on conditions.

    The City of Columbus said their crews are ready for a weekend winter storm expected to bring up to a foot and ice to Central Ohio. (WSYX/WTTE)

    "We may have freezing rain on the south side, but accumulation happening on the north side. So we use all the information to determine where to put equipment and what types of equipment we'll use in different areas."

    Once the snow falls, Williams said 70 trucks will be on Columbus streets working to make sure they're passable.

    If Farah decides to work - he feels good about his chances, "It's a tough storm and it's most likely can cause a lot of accidents and crashes, but I think I will be okay."

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