How emergency snow levels are declared


    This weekend’s storm is by far the biggest winter event so far this year. The storms caused more than just headaches, it made for some awful road conditions and led to level three snow emergencies declared across Central Ohio.

    “They are very rough,” said driver Dan Pinto. “Other than the main streets like High Street, it doesn't look like anything has been touched."

    In Franklin County, Sheriff Dallas Baldwin declared a level two snow emergency. Level two urges drivers not to travel. So how is a snow emergency level decided?

    According to, Ohio Attorney General Opinion, the sheriff of a county may declare a snow emergency and temporarily close county and township roads within their jurisdiction for the preservation of the public peace. It also allows the sheriff to close state and municipal roads.

    1.LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

    2.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.

    3.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.

    All-in-all, most in Franklin County decided avoiding the roads all together Sunday was the safest choice.

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