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Ice Storm Warning For Tri-State Tuesday, Wednesday

Posted On February 04, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

ice-icicle-tree-covered-small.jpg(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – The National Weather Service in Wilmington has changed a Winter Storm Warning for the tri-state to an Ice Storm Warning.

The new Ice Storm Warning will be in effect from 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through 10:00 a.m. Wednesday. The Winter Storm Warning has been cancelled.

Meteorologists say the storm may bring heavy ice accumulation of ¼” to ½”. On top of that, snow and sleet accumulation will vary from a half-inch up to four inches. All the weight could cause tree limbs to snap and bring down power lines.

When the storm system moves in Tuesday afternoon it will be freezing rain. Later in the evening, the precipitation will become a mix of sleet and snow, becoming heavy overnight. Light snow will begin falling Wednesday morning.

Untreated roads and sidewalks will become sheets of ice, forecasters predict. Dearborn County Engineer Todd Listerman told Dearborn County Commissioners Tuesday morning that the county will use a mix of salt and sand to treat county roads.

“If ice falls first, then snow, it could be a problem,” Listerman said.

Like many counties in Indiana and beyond, dwindling salt supplies are affecting the county highway department’s budget. Still, Listerman said, citizens deserve clean roads.

Dearborn County Commissioner Art Little said the county recently received a new shipment of salt from Cleveland at a cost of $215 per ton. Some roads may only be sanded and not treated with salt, he said.

County commissioners gave Dearborn County Emergency Management Agency Director Bill Black permission to implement a travel emergency, if needed.

AAA Cincinnati says it has already received over 30,000 calls for stranded motorists this winter. AAA Roadside Rescue Team crews are gearing up to provide emergency roadside assistance with drivers working throughout the evening and starting at 5:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Below are some winter driving tips from AAA Cincinnati:

· Prepare your Vehicle for the Very Cold Weather.  Motorists need to make sure they have adequate levels of antifreeze, a strong battery, and de-icing solution that can help with windows and locks. Inadequate anti-freeze can cause engine damage that will run into the thousands of dollars to repair. Emergency road service calls to AAA, especially for dead batteries and lockouts, always rise sharply when the temperature drops.

· Prepare Your Vehicle for Use in Ice and Snow. Be sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving, even with only small amounts of snow being predicted. All weather or winter radial tires with excellent tread are necessary. Additionally, excellent windshield wipers with a full reservoir of wiper fluid are essential for visibility. Free bumper-to-bumper inspections are offered at all AAA Car Care locations.

· Emergency Road Kit. AAA urges motorists to place and keep a winter weather kit in their car. Winter weather driving kits should include: a blanket, ice scraper, flares/reflective triangles, flashlight with extra batteries, jumper cables, bag of abrasive material such as cat litter, shovel, cloth/paper towels, and a fully charged cell phone. Check tires, wiper blades and car batteries before hitting the road.

·  De-Icing A Car. Keep an extra ice scraper in your home should your ice scraper become frozen in the vehicle overnight. De-icing fluid should also be kept indoors should your door locks become frozen.  Removing snow and ice from your car before leaving home improves visibility and makes your car lighter and more responsive.