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* News Release *
 
Tuesday, March 9, 1999 -- 1:30 p.m.
For Immediate Release

ROAD CONDITIONS IMPROVING
BCEO Snowfighters Continue To Treat Roads

Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster reports that conditions on County and Township roads are improving, despite an additional burst of snow during the late morning hours. While all roads are passable, many are partially snow-covered or slushy. Motorists may also encounter extensive areas of ice and densely packed snow on roadways and are encouraged to use extreme caution.

BCEO snow and ice control crews have been treating roads since just after midnight when the storm began. Fifteen plows are currently in operation and will continue to salt and plow as necessary. "Temperatures have warmed up which is helping us quite a bit," said Foster. "With the snow tapering off, we will have the roads plowed and can begin to utilize more salt for melting and traction." Salt had been used sparingly as crews were in a plow-only mode during the height of the storm. Snow fell at the rate of one inch per hour for several hours early this morning.

County road crews report snowfall amounts ranging from 6-7 inches across southern Butler County to 8-9 inches in northern townships. Blowing and drifting snow has been minimal as winds have subsided and the snow is heavy and wet.

A Level 2 Snow Emergency remains in effect for Butler County. For complete information, please see Snow Emergency.

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