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Tri-State prepares for snow, freezing temperatures

The Tri-State is preparing for the incoming snow and freezing temperatures (FOX19) The Tri-State is preparing for the incoming snow and freezing temperatures (FOX19)
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A winter storm watch warning is in effect for Butler, Clinton, Fayette, Franklin, Ross and Warren counties. 

Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont counties in Ohio could see between 2 and 4 inches of snow by 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Northern Kentucky counties are looking at less snow, likeley less than 1 inch according to models.

The storm's timing could make for a rough commute. With the morning low bottoming out around 18 degrees, the snow will stick and cause a glaze even on roads with just minor snowfall.

Cincinnati road crews began pre-treating streets with brine and beet juice at 7 p.m. Sunday and will continue today, said Larry Whitaker with the city's public works department.

Crews will begin working 12-hour shifts at 7 p.m. Monday with about 60 trucks hitting streets. Crews will work through the night and throughout Tuesday morning to keep roads as safe and drivable as possible.

Typically, it takes them about 24 hours to clear all streets after a normal snowfall.

Once the snow tapers off around 8 a.m., the coldest air so far this season will gush in Wednesday and Thursday.

The combination of winds and cold temperatures will drive wind chill values to anywhere from minus 5 to minus 15 by daybreak Wednesday.

Wind chill values could drop even lower by daybreak Thursday, anywhere from minus 15 to minus 25.

Those are the lowest temperatures in the Tri-State in nearly a year - since Jan. 28 and 29, 2014, when both days saw minus 6, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

So far this winter, 5.2 inches has fallen at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport - 3.3 of which fell on Nov. 17, the weather service reports.

Typically in a given winter, 22.1 inches of snow falls. Last winter, 47.5 inches were recorded.

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