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Temperature could hit -15 degrees tonight

Commuters and students may have long drives and traffic delays ahead of them today if below freezing temperatures set in as predicted.

In addition to wet roads that are expected to freeze, Clark, Greene, Champaign and southern Montgomery counties were expected to get about 1 to 3 inches of snow. Preble and Miami counties are expected to get 3 to 6 inches of snow and Darke could see 6 to 8 inches of snow, according to News Center 7 meteorologists.

The Springfield area could see scattered show showers and flurries this morning and temperatures are expected to drop to -15 tonight.

On Sunday, anticipated snow did not blanket the region as expected, but a change in the storm system resulted in rain, said McCall Vrydaghs, a News Center 7 meteorologist.

“The track of that storm shifted north,” she said. “That allowed warm air to infiltrate the storm bringing mostly rain.”

In Northwest Ohio, a Level 3 snow emergency was declared in Lucas County on prompting the Toledo Zoo to close and the University of Toledo and Toledo Public Schools to cancel classes on Monday, according to Associated Press news reports. The Hollywood Casino in Toledo also closed early and expected to remain closed until the snow emergency is lifted.

More snow is expected for the Springfield area Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Clark County Engineer’s Office Jonathan Burr said he was unsure how long road crews would be on the roads, but he said he planned for 12 crews to work in 12-hour shifts until the roads were treated.

“It’s such a fine line when you start,” Burr said. “If I start putting materials out when it rains, it will get washed right off. there’s no pretreatment because it has been raining all day.”

Crews will be able to treat the roads once it starts to snow, he said.

“The other problem is we have no residue from the prior snow,” Burr said.

Leftover salt on the road from prior snow works like a pre-treatment, Burr said.

If temperatures dip too low, the salt is useless Burr said.

“We’re going to try to get everything off before it freezes,” Burr said.

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