Traffic Updates: Highway in northern suburbs snowy, slick

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Most main routes are clear, but highways in the northern Cincinnati suburbs are still partially snowy and slick Saturday morning, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Motorists are getting by in right lanes on both Interstate 71 and 75 in Butler and Warren counties, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Lebanon post.

Some left lanes are still snow-covered early Saturday.

"Stay home until the road gets better," patrol dispatchers warned at 5 a.m.

Road crews with the Ohio Department of Transportation worked through the night treating and clearing highways and remain out Saturday, she said.

AAA Roadside Rescue Crews responded to more than 700 requests for service across the Tri-State Friday, an agency spokeswoman said.

AAA is encouraging drivers to monitor weather updates and stay off roads Saturday morning to allow crews time and space to clear snow and ice.

They also have driving tips to stay safe:

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

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