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Winter Storm Warnings In Effect for Central Ohio Valley

COLUMBUS, Ohio Columbus is the capital and the largest city of the American state of Ohio. Named for explorer Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and assumed the functions of state capital in 1816.  - Central Ohioans should expect snow showers and cold temperatures Wednesday.

Storm Team 4 Meteorologist Bob Nunnally is calling for snow showers, breezy winds, 2 to 4 inches of snow and a high of 23 degrees today.

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 is in effect for Champaign, Clark, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hardin, Licking, Logan, Madison, Pickaway and Union counties until midnight Thursday.

The rest of the counties in Central Ohio are under winter weather advisories.

Wednesday morning, the snowfall began, amid extremely cold air, causing dangerous road conditions.

1:35 P.M. UPDATE: Many people are finding it a bit tough to get around because of the snow, NBC NBC
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 4‘s Mikaela Hunt reported.  In downtown Columbus Downtown Columbus is the Central Business District of Columbus, Ohio, United States. The area centers around the intersection of Broad Street and High Street, and is the home of most of the largest buildings in Columbus. , workers used a snow squeegee on some city blocks to move the snow because a shovel would ruin brick work.  During the noon hour, the usually bustling Broad and High area was a virtual ghost town ghost town, term for any once flourishing American community that has been abandoned, generally for economic reasons. While most of the towns have little or no population, they often contain old buildings, which may serve as tourist attractions. .  Several sandwich and pizza delivery “Pizza box” redirects here. For the computer form factor, see Pizza box form factor.

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 shops were making deliveries for lunch instead. 

Out here in Canal Winchester school will be let out 2 hours early due to weather conditions.  They’ve already started releasing some schools on a staggered schedule

1:15 P.M. UPDATE:  Storm Team 4‘s Jym Ganahl said six more hours of light snowfall is expected. Storm Team 4‘s Ben Gelber said that when the storm is done, six inches of accumulation is not outside the realm of possibility.

1 P.M. UPDATE: Radar is showing that Central Ohio is about to get another moderate snowfall, will last about 25 to 40 minutes.

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 UPDATE: ODOT District 6 currently has 131 snow plows working throughout the eight-county region which includes Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union counties. The current forecast shows snow falling throughout the afternoon, and these 131 plows will remain on the road through rush hour and into the night. 

10:30 A.M. UPDATE: Columbus police are responding to injury-only accident reports, due to a high volume of reports.

There were 52 salt trucks out and officials said they are doing the best they can.

City officials said they were prepared for the snowfall, but crews couldn’t salt roads before the snow arrived.

Crews are concentrating on major roadways, bridges and ramps, dispersing salt that is pre-wetted w/ calcium chloride calcium chloride, CaCl2, chemical compound that is crystalline, lumpy, or flaky, is usually white, and is very soluble in water. The anhydrous compound is hygroscopic; it rapidly absorbs water and is used to dry gases by passing them through it.  to enable the salt to work better. 

Mostly cloudy skies, 1 to 2 inches of more snow and a very cold low of 8 degrees with wind chills near -5 are in tonight’s forecast.
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Author:Donna Willis
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Date:Jan 14, 2009
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