Mixed bag of weather forces schools to make difficult decisions

Radar shows severe weather heading for the east coast on Friday morning January 12, 2018. (WSYX/WTTE)

Much of Central Ohio is waking up to dense fog Friday morning, but that's not the major concern for school districts.

Dense fog caused visibility issues as drivers were getting to work. Grove City was experiencing less than half a mile of visibility around 6 a.m.

Meteorologist Andrew Buck Michael said the fog wasn't the biggest concern Friday.

"Rain showers will move in for the morning commute. We will transition over to freezing rain around noon or shortly after," said Michael.

Michael said following the freezing rain will be sleet then eventually snow.

"Ice accumulations could reach up to 0.1" and Southeastern Ohio could see up to 0.25" of ice followed by snow. The I-71 corridor will see 3 to 6 inches of snow on top of the ice," he said.

The mixed bag of weather forced schools to make difficult decisions.

Several schools canceled as of 6 a.m. and several others called for early dismissals. Columbus City Schools said an early dismissal was unlikely.

The district said parents would be notified immediately if plans change.

Michael said the weather should clear out of Central Ohio Saturday morning.

ABC 6/FOX 28 will continue to monitor this weather system closely.

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