UPDATE: Police report patchy ice on roads as temperatures warm

tchitwood@ledger-enqurier.comJanuary 30, 2014 

Columbus police today said motorists may hit patches of ice on roads and bridges and should go slow, but no major traffic issues have been reported.

Police Capt. J.D. Hawk urged drivers to use caution as some spots will be slow to thaw, though road conditions overall are much safer than they were Wednesday.

Though the high today’s to hit the low 40s, the temperature at 7:30 a.m. was 14 degrees, according to www.ledger-enquirer.com/weather.

WRBL Chief Meteorologist Bob Jeswald says Columbus may top 32 degrees around lunchtime:

“We will wake up to calm conditions, and we are now headed toward 55 hours (if we hit above freezing by 1 p.m.) of freezing to sub-freezing readings since Tuesday morning's storm began – a slight warm-up but cooler than average readings.”

That warm up will seem more than slight this weekend, when temperatures rebound to near 70 degrees Sunday, Groundhog Day, the midpoint of winter. Spring arrives Thursday, March 20.

The weekend forecast looks like a weather U-turn compared to this week's deep freeze of ice and snow.

Jeswald says Columbus may record one of the coldest Januarys in 24 years:

“Average readings so far this month are averaging (similar to 2010) 40.7 degrees… Last year we were much warmer, averaging 55.8 degrees to date. The coldest January ever on record was 36.6 degrees in 1977. January 2010 averaged out to 41.7 degrees. The coldest January before 2010 was 40.7 degrees in 1985.”

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