Southern Ohio hit by more snow; more on the way


CINCINNATI (AP) — Spring-like temperatures didn't last long in Ohio, giving way to another winter storm that dumped as much as 10 inches on parts of southern Ohio.

Most of the snow fell across parts of far southern and southeastern Ohio from Sunday night into Monday.

An auto parts store employee in Athens said parts of that area received seven to 10 inches.

"People are getting out and about, but the roads are still covered with snow," Auto Zone employee Jared Hill said late Monday morning.

He said most customers coming in Monday were buying wiper blades.

"It was batteries mostly last week because of the cold," he said, referring to subzero temperatures that have hit Ohio over the past few weeks.

Athens County government offices were closed.

Ohio University had originally planned to hold classes part of the day, but officials closed decided to close the campus until 5 p.m. because of the weather.

"The decision was made to close the campus after the fast-moving storm resulted in a heavy accumulation of snow and potentially hazardous driving conditions for commuting students, faculty and staff," Stephanie Filson, a spokeswoman for the university of about 20,000 students in Athens about 140 miles east of Cincinnati.

The National Weather Service said the snow had ended in all but the far southeastern parts of the state along the Ohio River by late morning. But Ohio won't get much of a respite, with another storm expected to move into parts of the state late Tuesday afternoon into evening.

Forecasters are still trying to track the next storm, but Franks said the heaviest snow probably will be north of Dayton and Columbus. The southern part of the state could get snow mixed with rain or freezing rain, he said.

"Wednesday morning will be dicey for travel in some areas," Franks said.