Mary Alice Reporting – The first signs of winter weather are expected and the Ohio Department of Transportation is set to pre-treat the roads.

The area is under a winter weather advisory from tonight (Monday) at 7 pm until Wednesday at 7 am since snow is expected with accumulations of 3 to 5 inches expected in some parts of Ohio.

Press Secretary Matt Bruning says crews will use a brine solution to help in the roadway treatment.

“One tool we use a lot of each winter is brine. That’s simply rock-salt mixed with tap water at our facilities.”

ODOT also is using a tanker in some districts that will haul the brine and put out the maximum amount of solution, according to HT Jason Warren.

“We pre-treat with it before a storm so the ice will now make contact or bond with the pavement asphalt. During the storm, we continue to put it down and treat the main roads.”

Motorists are advised to use caution and slow down since hazardous conditions could impact morning or evening commutes.

Road conditions and other weather-related information can be found at www.ohgo.com.

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