Snow Ice And Water Slow - Stop Traffic

By
Tim Sharp

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Updated Sat, Feb 2, 2013 4:39 pm

Portsmouth motorists had to find another way to their west-bound destinations Saturday afternoon as flooding closed two roads.

ODOT Spokesperson Kathleen Fuller said S.R. 239 at the U.S. 52 underpass at West Portsmouth, and S.R. 73/104 were closed at the on and off-ramps to and from U.S. 52 and State Route 852.

The Second Street bridge at Portsmouth was also closed.

Fuller said those closures were expected to last through the weekend, but as after Saturday afternoon, they were closed until further notice.

Motorists can detour via U.S. Route 52.

Flooding was not the problem north of Portsmouth in the remainder of Southeast Ohio which remained under a winter advisory until 10 a.m. Sunday.

According to the National Weather Service  the advisory includes Athens, Morgan, Perry, Lawrence, Washington, Jackson, Vinton, Meigs and Gallia counties in Ohio; Cabell, Wayne, Mason, Wood, Pleasants, Lincoln, Putnam, Roane, and Wirt counties in West Virginia.

Northern portions of the Southeast Ohio region are under the advisory until 7 p.m. Sunday.

The heaviest snowfall is expected into the Saturday evening.

Affected areas could see between three to five inches of snow.

ODOT said road conditions were improving as roads were being treated and plowed throughout the day.  Still those conditions could change with each mile traveled so drivers were urged to use caution.  

For a check of Ohio road conditions click here.

 

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