Trees down ‘everywhere,’ thousands without power Thursday

Icy, damaging weather prompts surge in school delays

Thousands still without power

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - An Ice Storm Warning has been canceled for the Tri-State, though the center of a storm system moving through the area Thursday evening is expected to bring snow.

Up to three tenths of an inch of ice was seen after freezing rain continued to come down late Wednesday night into Thursday morning, slicking over everything in its path and bringing down trees and branches. A quarter inch of ice accumulated at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

School Closings & Delays skyrocketed through the morning.

Thousands of Duke Energy customers were without power into Thursday’s evening hours. Extra crews were assigned to work as fast as possible to restore it, said Sally Thelen, utility spokeswoman.

Snow showers will hit spots of the Tri-State on Thursday evening, and in spots there could be a quick accumulation up to 1 inch.

Treated and well-traveled roads will remain wet. Drivers should watch out for a slick spot or two.

Overnight, the snow ends and temperatures will drop into the upper 20s. There may be a few icy patches on untreated roads from refreezing.

The Ice Storm Warning and the Winter Weather Advisory were both cancelled prior to their noon expiration time.

It’s not clear when power will be restored across the area, but according to Duke Energy, estimated time for restoration in Hamilton County is 10 p.m.

Both the Clay Wade Bailey and Suspension bridges closed earlier Thursday morning due to ice. Both have reopened. Cincinnati police and the National Weather Service in Wilmington warned drivers to stay off roads if they could.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Wilmington say they cannot recall the last time an Ice Storm Warning was issued. So far through 2006, they can’t find one in their records. The last major ice storm was in 2007, they said.

The weather stays dry until Sunday when we may see a few light flurries or showers. Next week, look for quieter weather.

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