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Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation descended upon the area's roadways Tuesday night as a mix of rain, freezing rain and sleet hit the region.

All crews from District 9 (Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties) are patrolling and treating routes, where pavement is wet, slick and icy in spots, according to Kathleen Fuller, the spokesperson for the ODOT.

With the forecast calling for more precipitation throughout the night, crews will stay on the state highways to treat and clear roads. Drivers are reminded to take extreme caution on the road.

"Pavement temperatures are expected to drop to near or slightly below freezing after midnight, and as bridges and elevated surfaces are likely to be colder, they are subject to freezing more quickly and greater accumulations of ice," according to Fuller in a press release.

During any type of inclement weather, Fuller urged motorists to slow down allow additional travel time. She added drivers should also keep a safe distance behind other cars, especially snowplow operators, who have limited field of vision while working the machinery.

The website, www.Ohgo.com, has recently replaced Buckeye Traffic as the department's site for traveler information. Updates from District 9 are also available via Twitter at https://twitter.com/ODOT_SouthOhio and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ODOTDistrict9