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Melting Snow Leads to Slippery Roads, Sidewalks in Columbus

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Mother Nature is beginning to rid central Ohio of the snow and ice that has resulted from wicked winter weather, but the massive melt that is now underway has brought its own set of challenges.

Tuesday's rising temperatures were greeted with glee by many central Ohioans desperate to say goodbye to the snow that has covered much of the area for weeks. Unfortunately, that snow has also covered ice that has been packed for weeks.

"It's bad. I don't want to fall," Latonia Cummings said. "I don't want my child to fall. He could get hurt."

The slippery conditions posed hazards to pedestrians and drivers on Tuesday. Among those affected were many Columbus City Schools bus riders, some of whom were delayed by an hour-and-a-half because of slick roads.

To help lessen the impact of the melting snow and ice -- and to help prevent water from refreezing on roads and sidewalks at night -- central Ohioans are advised to clear snow and debris from storm drains.
 
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