Butler County weather: Officials expect ‘fairly rapid improvement’ to roads with the sun out

  • Denise Callahan
  • Staff Writer
7:47 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 Local

UPDATE @ 10:30 a.m.

Roadways throughout Butler County are improving, according to engineer’s spokesman Chris Petrocy.

“The precipitation has ended and the sun is peeking out,” Petrocy said. “So a fairly rapid improvement is anticipated.”

He said all 15 plows are still working and have been since around midnight. Plow drivers have cleared 607 lane miles during this snow event.

Our news partner WCPO’s traffic tracker is also showing much improved roadways: See the traffic tracker

UPDATE @ 8:50 a.m.

Ohio State Patrol dispatchers in the Hamilton Post are reporting interstates 71 and 75 “are a mess” with numerous slide offs continuing to occur.

“We’ve had several and they are still going non-stop,” the dispatcher said.

Butler County drivers are practicing caution, according to dispatchers in Butler County.

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A Trenton plow truck clears snow at West State Street and Clara Drive in Trenton. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

UPDATE @ 7:55 a.m.

Chris Petrocy with the Butler County Engineer’s Office said crews are reporting more snow in the northern parts of Butler County with ice in the southern tier. Unofficial estimates show up to 4 inches of snow has fallen in parts of Reily and Wayne townships, but there is mostly ice and slush in West Chester Twp.

“There’s a general coating of snow, ice, and slush on most roadway surfaces and motorists should take it slow and allow plenty of room between themselves and the vehicle in front,” Petrocy said.

All 15 county trucks are still on the roads this morning.

A scene on Elk Creek Road on Wednesday morning, Feb. 7, 2018. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

INITIAL REPORT:

Snowy roads in Butler County are causing some slide-offs but no major accidents, according to dispatchers.

RELATED: View closings and delays this morning

Dispatchers for the county are reporting just a few slide-offs but nothing serious. Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatchers say Interstate 71 is in worse shape than I-75 but there haven’t been any major accidents.

Our news partner WCPO is reporting that 2 to 4 inches of snow are possible north of the Ohio River and that ice accumulation could reach 0.1 to 0.25 inches.

The wintry precipitation is expected to move out of the area by noon, according to WCPO.

There are hundreds of schools and businesses either closed or delayed.