LIMA — Winter is not nearly over for the area.
All of the Lima region was placed under a Winter Storm Warning on Sunday, with the whole area expected to get significant snowfall.
How much snow we get is going to depend on the tracking of the storm.
“We have a couple of storms that we’re going to have to deal with this week,” said Tom Kines, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather. The first one Sunday night into Monday morning is expected to drop 6 inches of snow.
“When the storm reaches its full potential, maybe 10 inches,” Kines said.
The National Weather Service anticipates snowfall totals in the Winter Storm Warning area to be between 8 and 12 inches.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is bracing for what they’re calling “the most significant snowfall of the year,” which should last all day Monday and continue into Tuesday.
ODOT crews were expected to work 12-hour shifts, starting at midnight Sunday night.
“We anticipate the snowfall to come very quickly,” said Rhonda Pees, ODOT Public Information Officer for Northwest Ohio. “Keeping up with it will be a challenge. So I guess we want to caution people that you’re going to think we aren’t out there, but we are. It’s going to cover up (the ground) very quickly after we pass through, so if you’re out — and we encourage people not to be — but if you have to be out just keep in mind to slow your speed and know that we’re out there and just keeping up with this furious amount of snowfall the best we can.”
During this first round of snow, forecasters are expecting light, dry snow. That means potential drifting on area roadways.
“The last significant snowfall we had, that was wet snow. And even then, blowing became an issue. This one is anticipated to be dry snow and with winds. So that’s always a combination that creates havoc — especially on rural roads in Northwest Ohio, where it’s very flat and comes across the field onto the road. So our drivers will be combating a lot of elements,” Pees said.
The cold weather that’s anticipated could make it difficult for salt to work on the roads.
“When pavement temperatures get to 20 degrees or lower, that’s when salt loses its effectiveness,” Pees said. “So we then either add a calcium-based additive to our brine. Some (ODOT) garages choose to run straight calcium. It’s really up to each garage, how they do that. But that additive then increases the effectiveness of the salt at lower pavement temperature. So that’s what we’ll be doing.”
The second wave of snow is anticipated to start during the day Wednesday or Wednesday night.
“That will bring us another six inches,” Kines said.
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