( Tri-State ) - As predicted, the rain started to freeze on Friday afternoon as the temperature fell throughout the day, leading to a snowy night in the Tri-State.
Traffic volume in the afternoon was relatively light on the interstates, likely thanks to many schools and businesses ending the day early, giving people extra time to get home before too much snow and ice could build up on the roads.
As of 10 o'clock Friday night, Hamilton and Brown Counties were under Level 1 Snow Emergencies, meaning drivers should expect hazardous road conditions and also restricting parking in townships and unincorporated areas' Snow Emergency routes.
Erlanger, Elsmere, Crescent Springs, Florence, Lakeside Park, and Ft Wright, Kentucky, all have snow emergencies of their own, also preventing drivers from parking on main streets overnight.
On Friday afternoon, Cincinnati Police altered the way they deal with crashes:
The Cincinnati Police Department is currently under our emergency accident reporting procedure.— Cincinnati Police (@CincyPD) January 12, 2018
Motorists involved in an accident where vehicles are movable should respond to the nearest police district to make the report.
The other major issue Friday night is power outages. Duke Energy has been dealing with blackouts for several hundred customers. They're encouraging people to have a backup plan in case the power goes out for an extended period of time.
Two to four inches of snow is what forecasters expect to accumulate by sunrise on Saturday.