Snow emergencies issued for counties in the region;  What does it mean?  – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

Snow emergencies issued for counties in the region; What does it mean? – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

Snow emergencies were issued as snow piles up in the area early Wednesday.

Montgomery, Clinton, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Preble and Logan County are under a LEVEL 1 SNOW EMERGENCY.

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WHAT ARE SNOW EMERGENCIES?

Sheriff’s offices and departments are working with county emergency managers to determine if current conditions with weather and roads constitute the issuance of a snow emergency level.

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Since 1994, county sheriffs have had the authority to issue snow emergencies, using guidelines given by the state.

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SNOW EMERGENCY DEFINITIONS

LEVEL 1: Roads are treacherous with blowing snow and blowing snow. Roads can also be icy. Motorists are advised to drive with caution.

LEVEL 2: Roads are dangerous with blowing snow and blowing snow. The roads can also be very icy. Only those who find it necessary to drive should be on the roads. Contact your employer to find out if you need to report to work. Motorists should exercise extreme caution.

LEVEL 3: All roads are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should drive in these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or there is a personal emergency. All employees should contact their employer to find out if they need to report to work. Those who travel on the roads can be arrested.

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