Created on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Winter-weary Ohioans are bracing for what could be the biggest snowstorm of the season so far.
Forecasters say most of the state could end up with another 6 to 10 inches of snow on the ground by the time it's over. The heaviest snow is expected between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 a.m. Wednesday — meaning that the morning rush hour likely will be a big mess.
A winter storm warning was issued for nearly all of the state through Wednesday morning, with heavy, blowing snow overnight expected to make driving hazardous. Southeastern Ohio, which got the brunt of a snowstorm Monday, could escape the worst this time, getting its precipitation in the form of freezing rain and sleet.
High temperatures are expected to reach just the mid-20s.
The coming storm is just the latest in a string of blizzards and frigid temperatures that began in early December.
The storms are causing a shortage of road salt in some Ohio counties. Geauga County, in northeast Ohio, will combat the coming storm with cinders while it awaits another shipment of salt.
In Columbus, the city's "snow warriors" were treating 300 miles of roadway with a brine solution to help keep snow and ice from bonding to the pavement.
The entire Midwest and Northeast are expected to be impacted by the next storm, after Monday's brought 8 inches of snow to New York City, 3 to 9 inches to the Philadelphia area and up to 9 inches to central New Jersey.
The heaviest accumulations from the next round are expected in Kansas and Missouri. But Boston could get up to 9 inches and New York 7 inches, followed by rain, freezing rain and sleet.
Monday's storm brought as much as 10 inches of snow to some areas of southeastern Ohio, closing schools, government offices and the Ohio University campus.