ODOT prepares for first major snowfall of season

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CLEVELAND– The Ohio Department of Transportation is preparing for predicted snowfall later this week.

A lake effect snow watch is in effect from Thursday until Saturday for Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties. Some snow belt communities could see 8 to 12 inches of snow.

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ODOT will begin pre-treating highways with brine in Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties Wednesday night, spokeswoman Marissa McDaid said. The department will have 80 crews on the highways in District 12 for around-the-clock coverage until the snowstorm ends.

Remember, ODOT is not responsible for residential and county roads. It maintains interstates U.S. routes and state routes within villages and townships.

ODOT encourages drivers to check on road conditions and traffic on its website, OHGO.com.

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