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Northwest Ohio crews start preparing for snowfall

(Toledo News Now) -

Ohio Department of Transportation crews in northwest Ohio are preparing to plow state and federal routes for the upcoming snowfall late Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning. 

Many ODOT garages in began 12-hour shifts at noon. In the afternoon, crews will inspect a fleet of more than 100 plow trucks and load trucks with salt and brine. 

During the heavy snowfall, crews will be plowing state and federal routes, as well as treating intersections and trouble spots. ODOT crews are on standby ready to clear the roads so travelers will have a safer commute.

ODOT still has 5,000 tons of salt. Officials say this will be enough to get through this storm since they will not be using much due to Tuesday's warm-up.

Lucas County has about 500 tons of salt left. Officials say their goal will be to plow first and salt after the snow subsides, helping them use the least amount of salt possible. Crews will be salting on primary roads, like intersections, along with residential streets that have hills. City officials say they're doing the best they can with what they have.

"We will be plowing. Our plowing operations will not stop and we will do the best we can to salt the main lines. But when we run out of salt, we run out of salt," said Howard Brebberman with the city of Maumee.

Many cities will find alternatives if they run out of salt.

Snow is forecasted to begin in rush hour and continue overnight. Widespread totals of 3-5" is expected. Motorists should prepare for snow-covered, winter road conditions for Monday evening and Tuesday morning's commutes. Conditions should improve Tuesday afternoon as temperatures rise above freezing and treated roads recover rapidly.

If you travel during snowy conditions ODOT advises the following:

-Travel at reduced speeds

-Clear windows and all lights so you are visible to other drivers

-Allow extra time to get to your destination

-Don't crowd the plow

Click here for real-time road information, including travel speeds and live cameras, across the Buckeye State.

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