The threat of wintry weather and frigid temperatures has put the damper on a popular Christmas activity in Mason.
City officials and festival organizers Thursday announced the cancellation of the annual Christmas in Mason festivities set for Friday.
City Manager Eric Hansen said that while festival volunteers are willing to “brave any elements,” the city needs to reserve its resources for snow removal, monitoring traffic issues and emergency responses.
“Making sure they are ready and prepared to keep residents, businesses and travelers safe is ultimately a higher priority,” he said in a release issued Thursday evening.
- Winter storm warning: 4-7 inches of snow coming Friday
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A winter storm warning is in effect 1 a.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for all of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky as a powerful arctic system pushes into the region, bringing the season’s first big measurable snowfall, followed by frigid temperatures.
The advisory covers several counties in Ohio: Butler, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties; and Boone, Campbell, Kenton, Gallatin and Carroll counties in Northern Kentucky. It also includes southeastern Indiana: Franklin, Ripley, Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland counties.
Accumulations of snow will range from 4 to 7 inches with ice accumulations in excess of a quarter an inch, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
The most snow is expected to pile up north and west of downtown Cincinnati, said meteorologist Steve Rhebenach.
Dangerous travel conditions are expected as the snow falls, reducing visibility, and some icy patches may develop on roads.