DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine held a press conference Thursday speaking up on how Ohio is preparing for an oncoming winter storm.
State officials joined DeWine at the Ohio Emergency Operations Center to discuss state preparation and safety information.
“We are facing a unique and dangerous situation for the next few days in Ohio,” DeWine said.
From rain to ice to snow, a winter storm will hit Ohio with a mix of conditions just in time for people’s holiday travels.
Gov. Mike DeWine: “It’s smack dab in the in the middle of when people are planning on getting together,” DeWine said. “I think it’s it’s going to be tougher for people to to make a more rational decision.”
Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks said ODOT is staffed with 3,000 workers and 1,600 plows ready to work around the clock through the duration of the storm.
Road crews faced problems with this storm because rain earlier Thursday meant roads couldn’t be pretreated and salt is less effective in below zero temperatures.
“You’re looking at snow blowing over and refreezing, but we’re looking at a better effectiveness of the salt that our women and men will be putting down by late Sunday going into Monday, when the temperatures get up closer to 20,” Marchbanks said.
The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) expects this storm to bring scattered power outages that could span a period of time.
Ohio EMA Executive Director Sima Merick reminded all Ohioans to be prepared in case you lose power.
“I encourage everyone to really revisit your plans, your family plans, and your preparedness actions, and ensuring that you have ways to communicate by charging your phones and your devices now,” Merick said.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) is reminding you to slow down on the road, allow more time to get to your destination, and give other drivers space.
All of these agency leaders are urging Ohioans to delay their travel plans, and stay home.
“Driving In winter weather can be dangerous,” OSHP Superintendent Col. Charles Jones said. “If you do not need to go out when the weather and road conditions are bad, please stay home.”
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Watch the full 3 p.m. address in the video player below