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Over 11,000 ODOT crews work across the state as snow moves through

Almost the entire Miami Valley is under a Winter Storm Warning as snow blankets the area.

Ohio Department of Transportation’s press secretary Matt Burning says over 11,000 crews are working across Ohio to clear roadways for early-morning commuters.

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Burning tells us crews have been preparing roads for the past few days ahead of this storm.

We asked him what crews are able to do to help treat the roads beforehand, and he tells us they put a pretreatment spray, but that doesn’t always help.

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“If we get a storm that comes in and it’s rain it just washes that pretreatment off.” He adds that they have been lucky because temperatures are around the freezing point. “That has really kept our salt being very effective. Our brine that we use is very effective.”

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Burning wants drivers to prepare before hitting the road. He says, “plan ahead. If you have to travel on Wednesday, allow yourself a lot of extra time because you’re gonna need it to travel.”

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Burning adds if you can stay home that’s the best thing you can do.