Snowfall expected Wednesday morning in Ohio

Ohio State University is bracing for more snowfall this week, and the university community should plan extra time to travel for classes and work. According to the National Weather Service, snow will begin to accumulate in Ohio on Wednesday morning and will continue through the morning commute.

As of Tuesday afternoon, forecast totals were approximately 4 inches in Columbus and between 3 to 5 inches in Mansfield, Marion, Newark and Wooster, with up to 5 to 6 inches expected in Lima. Temperatures are forecast to rise late Wednesday morning and are expected to climb into the 30s by 10am, when the snow is expected to turn to rain.

For the Columbus campus, travelers should anticipate a slow commute. Plan ahead, leave early and allow extra time to reach your destination. The university is asking instructors and managers to provide flexibility and understanding to students, staff and faculty affected by the storm, particularly in the early morning hours. Students who request special accommodations due to the weather will be responsible for any material and assignments missed while absent from class.

Safety is the university’s top priority, and Facilities Operations and Development (FOD), CampusParc, Transportation and Traffic Management (TTM) and the Department of Public Safety work together to provide services during the winter months to keep the community safe. . As snow and ice begin to accumulate, FOD teams are dispatched to treat campus roads and sidewalks. They remain on campus day and night, tending and plowing as needed. CampusParc teams will also be on campus handling parking lots and garages, with garage roofs remaining open whenever possible. Learn more at CampusParc website.

While community members may still see snow in some areas, particularly during periods of heavy snow accumulation, facility staff will do their best to keep paths clear. TTM’s paratransit service provides end-to-end transportation for all students, faculty and staff with permanent or temporary disabilities. Riders need to be registered before receiving the service. The service is available on and off campus within university boundaries. TTM transit and paratransit vehicles are all ADA accessible. Learn more on the Transport and Traffic Management website.

TTM will continue to offer bus service, but users are encouraged to use the Ohio State app for real-time CABS tracking to stay up-to-date on CABS service offerings.

Please be careful during bad weather and be prepared. When traveling, plan ahead, allow extra time, and dress appropriately for the weather. If travelers see a potentially unsafe condition on campus due to ice or snow, they should not attempt to correct the situation; instead report it to Service2Facilities at 614-292-4357 (report unsafe ice or snow conditions to Wexner Medical Center to 614-293-8645).

Off-campus locations, including roads and sidewalks east of the High Street, are not cleared by the State of Ohio and are the responsibility of the City of Columbus and residents.

winter travel tips

  • Know your route and pay special attention to changing and/or declining weather conditions.
  • Go slowly to avoid slips and slides and remain alert as you move across campus.
  • Allow additional distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you during snow and icy conditions.
  • Be sure to keep your vehicle’s windows, front, rear, and brake lights free of ice and snow.
  • Keep your gas tank full.
  • Prepare a winter emergency kit for your vehicle. Be sure to include a flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, blankets, hats and gloves, first aid kit, emergency flares and shovel, cell phone charger, water and non-perishable food items. Additional ideas can be found on the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness website.
  • Wear sensible shoes and dress in layers to travel between destinations.

The Ohio State City Podcast took a deep dive into how the university deals with winter storms and in January 2023 Ohio State News described when, why, and how the state of Ohio cancels classes due to winter weather.

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Snowfall expected Wednesday morning in Ohio

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