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Local road crews prepare for slippery conditions Friday morning

(Toledo News Now) -

It's been a mild winter in Toledo - not much need for city snow plows to roll out, but all 38 trucks will hit streets and bridges Friday morning at 4:00.

Expect a sloppy, slippery rush-hour commute Friday morning.

The snow will move in overnight, turn to freezing rain, followed by a quick warm-up.

"If you could make plans to maybe head to work a little earlier, that's the best advice out there," according to Theresa Pollick of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). "But our crews will be out there to make sure roadways are treated."

ODOT crews will clock in at midnight, and 120 trucks will be ready to roll as this short storm rolls through the area.

Plow drivers will be monitoring conditions, but especially temperatures, through pavement sensors.

But rural roadways shouldn't get slammed.

"With the storm system we're not going to see that much significant snowfall," Pollick said. "So there's not going to be a lot of blowing and drifting, especially with the heavy, wet precipitation we're going to see."  

Toledo got ready by deploying seven new brine trucks Thursday.

The brine was laid on Monroe Street and Anthony Wayne Trail Thursday.

"What the brine does, it keeps the snow and ice from bonding to the pavement and makes it easier for us to pick it up," said Dave Pratt, Toledo's Commissioner of Streets, Bridges and Harbor. "We're working on creating our own brine farm where we'll be able to mix it with agricultural products to help it last longer and be more efficient in lower temperatures."

Friday morning though, Pratt hopes Toledoans will 'spread' a little safety around.

He asked that commuters watch out for snow plows, keep a safe distance, and let the drivers do their job.

For now, ODOT's advice to all drivers: Ice and snow, take it slow.

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