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Snow Emergencies


What is a Level 1, 2 or 3 
Snow Emergency?


According to an opinion by the Ohio Attorney General, the Sheriff of a county may declare a snow emergency and temporarily close county and township roads. This is usually done after conferring with the County Engineer and the local Emergency Management Agency when weather conditions have reached emergency proportions. Township trustees and the Ohio Department of Transportation may also be consulted.

There are three levels of snow emergency classifications:

LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads are also icy. Drive very cautiously.

LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. 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.

LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

The media is immediately notified whenever a snow emergency is declared.  Motorists are encouraged to monitor local media outlets or the Engineer's web site for initial notifications plus any changes in the designated level of the snow emergency.

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