In Hamilton County, they're mixing that salt with grits to stretch the supply. The city of Cincinnati has more than 25,000 tons of salt available (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Freezing rain fell across the Tri-State late Sunday and early Monday, leaving some slicks spots and briefly closing some main arteries like the Eighth Street Viaduct late Sunday.
The Cincinnati office of AAA responded to 210 calls for service by 9 a.m, mostly for motorists who slid off slick roads or had cold weather battery problems, said agency spokeswoman Cheryl Parker.
Monday's calls come after the roadside service responded to nearly 1,500 calls over the weekend.
The morning commute passed without major problems, although a snow plow and mini-van collided in Anderson Township.
Regional road crews either reported to work on Sunday and began to treat roads or were on standby and closely monitoring them, ready to spring into action once streets iced over.
With the ground temperature colder than the air, falling rain can freeze over on contact, officials warned. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and reduce speed and following distance.
"Freezing rain is sort of invisible. You don't really see it. The black ice and stuff, those patches pop up,” said Nancy Wood, spokesperson for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6. "Whatever Mother Nature throws our way, we'll be ready to tackle it."
In Hamilton County, officials said road crews didn't pre-treat roads Sunday because the rain would wash it all away,
"Freezing rain is a difficult challenge,” said Hamilton County Engineer Ted Hubbard.
Crews were on standby to see which of the county's 50 routes would develop slick spots and need treatment stored in 11 salt domes.
"It is a wait-and-see. Our superintendents are watching the weather,” he said. "These trucks are ready. There is some uncertainty. Hamilton County is a wide county, and we're not exactly sure where we would have a problem. We may not have a universal problem across the entire county. We don't know that yet."
The struggles of last winter on salt supplies are a distant memory, at least to this point for Hamilton County and Northern Kentucky road crews. Both had more than 20,000 tons of salt available as of Sunday.
In Hamilton County, crews are mixing salt with grits to stretch the supply.
The city of Cincinnati has more than 25,000 tons of salt available.