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A burst of scattered showers dumped ice and snow across the Tri-State on Thursday morning, killing at least two people in multiple crashes and slide-offs. Both Interstate 71 and Interstate 75 north of the Interstate 275 loop were shut down by 5 a.m. Thursday as emergency crews responded to crashes.

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A burst of scattered showers dumped ice and snow across the Tri-State on Thursday morning, killing at least two people in multiple crashes and slide-offs. Both Interstate 71 and Interstate 75 north of the Interstate 275 loop were shut down by 5 a.m. Thursday as emergency crews responded to crashes. At about 5 a.m., a double fatal crash closed northbound I-75 before Union Centre Boulevard, according to a West Chester Township spokeswoman. The Butler County Coroner's Office has been called. Lanes started to reopen at 8:45 a.m.

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A burst of scattered showers dumped ice and snow across the northern half of the Interstate 275 loop by 4:30 a.m Thursday, causing multiple crashes and slide-offs. Both Interstate 71 and Interstate 75 north of the 275 loop were shut down by 5 a.m. Thursday as emergency crews responded to crashes.

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Cincinnati weather is basically like Arie from The Bachelor: Totally unable to make a decision about what it wants to be. Drivers in our area need to be prepared for anything.
Practically every local interstate looked like a parking lot Thursday morning as snow showers and ice made for treacherous driving conditions.

Cincinnati drivers need to be prepared for anything

2 dead as ice wreaks havoc on morning commute

CINCINNATI -- A burst of scattered showers dumped ice and snow across the Tri-State on Thursday morning, killing at least two people in multiple crashes and slide-offs.

Quick changes of weather can cause black ice and make it difficult to treat roads in advance, according to AAA spokesperson Jenifer Moore. That's what happened Thursday.

"Motorists should always be alert and ready for anything to change at a moment's notice," Moore said. 

Both Interstate 71 and Interstate 75 north of the Interstate 275 loop were shut down by 5 a.m. Thursday as emergency crews responded to crashes. Problem spots included:

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Bridges and overpasses were particularly slick Thursday morning as they were exposed to freezing air both above and below the road's surface. Meteorologist Jennifer Ketchmark explains the science behind this phenomenon in the video below:

Hills add another complication for Tri-State drivers. Moore said black ice on hills can be "very dangerous."

"It can look like water, but actually be ice," she said. "It can look like ice, but actually be a pothole."

The high number of crashes prompted the Cincinnati Police Department to enact its Emergency Auto Accident Reporting Procedure from 8 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday. This means the department could only respond to crashes that resulted in injuries for the time being.

@CincyPD has enacted the Emergency Auto Accident Reporting Procedure. While this is in effect we will only respond to injury related accidents. Drivers involved in non-injury accidents should exchange information & report at a later time.

— Cincinnati Police (@CincyPD) March 8, 2018

AAA recommends keeping a good distance between vehicles. They also say it's a good idea to keep an eye on local forecasts, and to remember roads can be slicker than they look.

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