Sunday, January 30, 2000

Warm air makes messy winter mix

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A burst of warmer air from the south made for a miserable mix of sleet, snow and freezing rain Saturday night in the Tristate.

        The weather system dumped 2 to 3 inches of snow. Light snow is expected to fall on and off today, with minimal additional accumulation. Temperatures are expected to hover in the 20s today. Saturday's storm system also brought a reprieve from last week's string of subzero temperatures. The warmer air boosted temperatures to 30 degrees.

        Several schools canceled athletic and other activities, including homecoming at Milford and Clermont-Northeastern school districts, that were scheduled for Saturday night. A few churches canceled Sunday morning services, anticipating travel troubles.

        Butler County was under a snow emergency, meaning motorists were asked to stay off the roads unless travel was necessary.

        Authorities in Butler and Warren counties reported slippery streets and some accidents.

        About 50 salt trucks hit the roads Saturday morning, hours before any snow or rain fell, to “pre-treat” the city's 3,000 miles of streets with a mixture of salt and calcium chloride, said Diana Frey, spokeswoman for the Cincinnati department of public services.

        “We're hoping to have the streets clear and wet by church hour (today),” Ms. Frey said.


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