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CINCINNATI - The City of Cincinnati has already spent almost $3.7 million on snow removal this winter, and that was before the ice-and-snow storm Tuesday and Wednesday.

Here’s the cost breakdown:

WAGES: $1,087,820, includes:

> Overtime: $673,060

> Regular hours: $414,760

SALT: (39,000 tons): $2,439,450

FUEL: $143,910

The city passed one yard of snow Wednesday - total accumulation for the season is 37 inches, WCPO Chief Meteorologist Steve Raleigh said.

Around the Tri-State, road crews were still at work Wednesday night trying to clear residential streets.

"Most primary streets were cleared today," said City of Cincinnati spokesman Larry Whitaker. "But crews are circling back to clear slick spots that were created by snow that has blown or been shoveled into the streets."

The city's snow parking restriction expired at 6 p.m.
 
 Whitaker said about 30 percent of residential streets had been plowed and work would continue through the night.

 "A primary concern now is a race against the clock to get as many streets cleared as possible before the extreme cold temperatures settle in later today," he said. "Once the temps drop, the snow/ice pack on roads will become extremely stubborn and difficult to clear."

Butler and Boone counties reported similar progress.

"Our crews have most of our roads clear and passable and will spend the remainder of the day cleaning them up, clearing the berms, and treating any problem areas," Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens said.

"Road conditions have improved considerably, especially on the primary roads," Boone County Sheriff's spokesman Tom Scheben said.

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Most counties lowered their snow emergencies to Level 1 Wednesday while Kenton County dropped its snow emergency altogether.

RELATED: Check your county's snow emergency level

The storm moved out Wednesday morning after dumping 2 to 5.5 inches of ice and snow. The official total at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport was 3.4 inches.

If you live north of the city, you got the most. Oxford got 5.5 and Lebanon 5, WCPO meteorologist Sarah Walters reported.

Walter said some brief snow showers are possible as temperatures fall through the 20s Wednesday evening. Wind chills are in the teens and will fall into single digits overnight.

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Many flights at CVG were canceled or delayed, not because of conditions here, but because the storm moved northeast toward New York, Philadelphia and Boston. The storm dumped 4-6 inches on the Dayton area and 8-10 around Columbus.

RELATED: Flight cancelations and delays from CVG and other U.S. airports

Hundreds of schools and businesses closed again. In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich has asked the legislature to extend the number of calamity days because most schools have already used up their allotment of five for the school year during this unusually severe winter.

RELATED: Check your latest closings

The storm also caused detours or delays in Metro bus service.

However, the fear of widespread power outages never materialized, Duke Energy officials said.

There were 430 outages at 6 p.m., nearly all in Brown and Clermont counties.

RELATED: Latest power outages

RELATED: Latest forecast, what to expect

Here are some helpful links to prepare for the next ice or snow storm:

9 tips for driving on icy roads

What you need in your car if you get stuck in the snow

Car not starting? How to prevent a dead battery

Sign up for severe weather email and mobile alerts

LIVE interactive radar

Download the WCPO Storm Shield app (storm-based alerts for life-threatening weather events)

WCPO traffic updates

Latest power outages from Duke Energy

Flight cancelations and delays from CVG, other U.S. airports

*According to the State of Ohio, snow emergency levels are defined as such:

  • LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.
  • LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.
  • LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

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