Tracking the storm: How much snow?

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Our calm and cloudy weather is about to become very active. A storm system centered in Texas is strengthening and moving into the Ohio Valley Tuesday night.

To keep our viewers up to date on the storm, WKBN 27 First News This Morning will begin a half hour early at 4:30 a.m.

Snow will start Tuesday night about 10 p.m. and could be mixed with sleet, freezing rain, and snow for southern Mahoning County and Columbiana County. Snow totals could reach 4″ for those areas.

If the storm center steers just South of us, we’ll see all snow, and accumulations of up to 8 inches are possible by daybreak. As the storm pulls northeast and winds shift out of the east, we’ll see another 1 to 3 inches of snow. So, 12 inches of snow is not out of the question by 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Crews with the Ohio Department of Transportation were busy across the Valley Tuesday morning making adjustments to snow plows and loading trucks with salt. ODOT officials continue to urge motorists to be aware of snow plows on the roadways and to keep a safe distance behind the trucks.

PennDOT announced Tuesday that it is granting a temporary waiver on certain restrictions on commercial drivers to allow for continued smooth delivery of salt supplies for road clearing during winter storms.

“Forecasts are calling for more storms in the next few days, and we want to take steps now to ensure that salt supplies are adequate to meet the mission to keep drivers moving,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “The waiver will help us and municipalities meet our respective goals.”

The waiver extends the limits on hours of service for salt delivery drivers. Driving hours have been extended to 14 hours before a mandatory rest period must be taken. Exemption has also been granted to weekly total hour limits.

A similar waiver is in place for home heating fuel deliveries through Feb. 11 or until emergency conditions end.

Check back here and tune in to upcoming newscasts for the latest on this developing storm as it bears down on the Valley and the latest in school adjustments, delays and parking bans.

Stay ahead of the storm.  Click here for interactive radar.

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