Iced-over roads are not likely to thaw anytime soon, as sub-freezing temperatures are forecast until mid-afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
The Columbus temperature should climb to 34 about 3 p.m. before hitting a daytime high of 35 at about 5 o’clock. An hour later, the temperature is expected to be back below freezing, on its way to an overnight low of 19.
Thursday will see slightly warmer temperatures with a high of 43 in the middle of the afternoon before dropping to a low in the mid-20s overnight.
Law enforcement is urging people to stay off the roads unless it is absolutely necessary to get out.
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"We just don't want them driving," Columbus Police Capt. J.D. Hawk said. "The roads are iced over and the ice is not going anywhere. It's going to be like this all day, into the night and tomorrow morning."