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* News Release *
 
Thursday, January 20, 2000 - 8:45 a.m.
For Immediate Release

ROAD CONDITION UPDATE
Level 1 Snow Emergency Canceled

County Engineer Dean C. Foster reports that the Level 1 Snow Emergency issued for Butler County was canceled at 7:45 this morning. All roads on the County roadway system are passable. While some roads remain slushy there are no specific problems being reported; however, blowing and drifting snow is now occurring across roadway surfaces, especially in the northern townships as winds begin to pick up.

BCEO snow and ice control crews have been treating roads continuously since 6:00 last evening. Crews were in a plow-only mode during the heaviest snowfall last night when snow fell at the rate of one inch an hour. Fifteen plows are currently in operation and will continue to salt and plow throughout the day as necessary.

Snow accumulation estimates by County crews range from 6-7 inches in the northern townships to 4-5 inches across southern Butler County. Motorists are encouraged to utilize caution as blowing snow and falling temperatures throughout the day may aggravate road conditions. Roads could re-freeze tonight as temperatures drop to a predicted low near zero. Be alert for changing weather conditions and drive attentively.

The BCEO reminds motorists to be especially careful and courteous when driving near a snow plow. Remember, don't assume the snow plow operator can see you. Every truck has blind spots which reduce side and rear visibility.

For more winter driving tips and information about BCEO snow and ice control, please visit The Snow Page here on www.bceo.org. See Road & Travel Conditions for continuously updated reports on local and statewide road conditions.

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