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(WBIR-Jellico) Travelers using I-75 in mountainous Campbell County did not have much time Thursday as they tried to avoid a monster snowstorm that caused problems for many states.

"It was a gamble for me. I did not know whether I should wait another day," said traveler Tom Omahen who stopped in Jellico Thursday afternoon. "I figured I could get out of Ohio, I could survive the rest of the way."

He already saw the snow's effects north of Tennessee, and wanted a two-step advantage from Old Man Winter.

"It's snowing really bad in Ohio. It usually takes me 3 1/2 to 4 hours to get out of Ohio. It took me 6 hours," he added.

TDOT began treating the interstate at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, but the rugged interstate terrain near the Tennessee-Kentucky state line still had patches of snow, with advisories reported for the night.

Jellico eventually had that covering of snow. It didn't compare to Ohio as Omahen described it. His next destination: Fort Charlotte, Florida.