Heavy Snow Brings School Closures, Free COTA Bus Fares

Feb 7, 2018

Traffic was crawling and most classes were canceled around Central Ohio on Wednesday morning after heavy overnight snowfall that stretched into the morning commute.

Snow removal crews were struggling to remove the snow that was still falling heavily.

One person died Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle crash on East 11th Avenue. On Interstate 70 near Bexley, several disabled vehicles caused long traffic delays.

Columbus City Schools, as well as districts in Bexley, Worthington, Westerville, Gahanna, and most other suburbs opted to cancel classes on Wednesday.

Ohio State University officials said the school would be operating as usual, while Columbus State Community College, Capital University and Ohio Dominican University canceled morning classes.

Per its policy, the Central Ohio Transit Authority said it was waving all bus fares on Wednesday because Franklin County reached a Level Two snow emergency. The Level Two designation means roads are open, but unnecessary travel is highly discouraged.