Ice, sleet, snow rolling this way

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Think carefully about how much time is needed and what route to take before leaving the house this morning.

Freezing rain and sleet were expected to fall for several hours last night, before snow covered the ground. Johnson County is now under a winter weather warning, which will remain active until tonight, and seven to nine inches of snow is expected to fall by the end of the day, National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Tucek said.

The county and city street and highway departments have been working since last night, laying down salt to bring up the temperature of the roads and clearing away ice and snow. But trucks were unable to start putting down salt until after the rain — which came before the wintry weather — had passed. If workers had started putting down salt too early, it would have been washed off the roads, county highway director Luke Mastin and Greenwood deputy mayor Terry McLaughlin said.

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