- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Winter-weary Ohioans braced themselves Tuesday for what could be their biggest snowstorm of the season so far.

Forecasters said most of the state could end up with another 6 to 10 inches of snow on the ground by the time the worst is over, most likely Wednesday morning. The heaviest snowfall was expected between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 a.m. Wednesday - meaning the morning rush hour likely will be a mess.

A winter storm warning was issued for nearly all of the state through Wednesday morning, with heavy, blowing snow overnight expected to make driving hazardous. Southeastern Ohio, which got the brunt of a storm Monday, could escape the worst this time, getting precipitation in the form of freezing rain and sleet.

Forecasters predicted ice would be the biggest threat in the Cincinnati area and several southern Ohio counties to its east. The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning for Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, saying that travel could be “extremely dangerous” and that ice accumulating on power lines could cause outages.

High temperatures were expected to reach the mid-20s.

Ohio has had a string of blizzards and frigid temperatures, beginning in early December.

Consequently, some counties have a shortage of road salt. Geauga County, in northeast Ohio, planned to use cinders to combat Tuesday’s approaching storm, while the county awaited another shipment of salt.

In Columbus, the city’s “snow warriors” treated hundreds of miles of roadway with a brine solution to help keep snow and ice from bonding to the pavement.

Weather forecasters said the entire Midwest and Northeast would be affected by the storm, following Monday’s snows that dumped as much as 10 inches of snow to parts of southeastern Ohio, closing schools, government offices and the Ohio University campus; dropped 8 inches on New York City, 3 to 9 inches on the Philadelphia area and up to 9 inches on central New Jersey.

Kansas and Missouri were expected to get the heaviest accumulations from the next round. But Boston could get up to 9 inches and New York 7 inches, followed by rain, freezing rain and sleet.

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