However, if you are planning travel from
Marietta to the northwest, north or east today or tonight, be aware that winter
storm warnings are in effect for the northern two-thirds of Ohio, as nearby as
Noble County, along with most of Pennsylvania and the mountains of West
Virginia, for significant snow and/or ice.
In addition, there is a rare Blizzard
Warning in effect for a portion of western and northern Ohio. Travel is
strongly discouraged in the Blizzard Warning area which is from just north of
Cincinnati up through Dayton, Springfield, Marysville, Marion, Findlay, Sandusky
WMOA News is watching ODOT’s road/weather
sensors on buckeyetraffic.org
this morning, and the sensors in Washington and
bordering counties show temperatures above freezing as of 7:00 AM with the exception of
the Morgan County ODOT garage in McConnelsville, which is at 32 degrees.
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While there’s not a lot that vehicle owners can do to avoid
danger while driving on ice, the condition of your vehicle’s tires can make a big
difference in snow and rain.
WMOA News spoke with Ted Mahone of Mahone’s Tires on Front
Street, who says it’s crucial to check your tires occasionally to make sure
they have enough tread to provide good traction.
“You don’t want to be going down the road and spin out in
front of someone and get killed,” he points out.
We asked Mahone about the old penny trick – placing a penny
between treads and, if part of Lincoln’s head is covered, the tread depth is
“Yeah, the penny trick shows two thirty-seconds of an inch
left, and you really need more tread than that.”
So a penny check will indeed show when your tires
should be replaced.
It’s also a good idea to check your tires’ air pressure several times a
year. Most local garages and tire shops will check them free of charge.