Winter blast brings record snowfall, bitter cold

Hazardous travel is expected Tuesday morning.

Meteorologist Frank Marzullo's forecast

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Tuesday is a FOX19 NOW First Alert Weather Day.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 11 a.m. for the entire Tri-State. It was set to expire at 8 a.m. but was extended as pavement temperatures fall below freezing, causing slick roads.

The first measurable snowfall of the season is a record breaker. Some 2.3 inches were recorded Monday at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Snow has ended, but streets are slick in spots and we’re already seeing major problems on area highways.

Cincinnati Public Schools say they are open on a regular schedule Tuesday, but they are urging drivers to watch out for their 40,000 bus riders and walkers.

Several other schools, however, are shut down or operating on 2-hour delays.

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Two crashes involving overturned semi tractor-trailers impacted two major highways early Tuesday.

Northbound Interstate 75 was shut down for seven hours in Evendale.

Several communities are reporting 3 inches of snow, according to the weather service.

That includes Wilder, Groesbeck, Finneytown and Monroe.

Parts of West Chester Township saw 2.5 inches; Walton has 2.4 and 2 were reported in Amelia and Wyoming.

In this case, as in many early season storms, snow accumulations are not the real issue for travel because the warm ground melts the snow as it makes contact with the road.

Now the challenge is cold air behind the storm causing re-freezing and icy patches.

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The bitter cold is here to stay for the next few days.

It’s 17 degrees with a wind chill of 3 at CVG.

We are on track to break the record low high temperature later Tuesday.

The record low high for this date is 30 degrees, set in 1932.

The high temperature later will only reach the mid-20s.

We also could tie the record low Wednesday morning of 14 degrees, set in 1976.

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Temperatures will rebound a bit into the low 30s Wednesday and into the 40s Thursday and Friday.

Overnight lows will remain colder than normal for this time of year, though, and in the 20s.

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