Multiple Ohio counties reporting snow emergencies

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OHIO (WOWK) – Multiple Ohio counties in our region are under snow emergencies.

Emergency officials throughout the counties say Jackson and Scioto counties are under a Level 1 Snow Emergency. Gallia, Meigs, Athens, Vinton and Lawrence counties are all under a Level 2 Snow Emergency.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation:

  • A Level 1 Snow Emergency means the roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow and the roads may also be icy. Drivers are urged to use extra caution while driving.
  • For a Level 2 Snow Emergency, The roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow and may be “very icy.” ODOT says under a Level 2, only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be on the roads and people are encouraged to contact their employers to see if they should report to work. Drivers should use extreme caution.
  • Under a Level 3 Snow Emergency, all roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. ODOT says no one should drive during these condition unless absolutely necessary or in the case of a personal emergency. Individuals should call their employers to see if they should report to work. ODOT also says that under a Level 3 Snow Emergency, “those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.”

Officials are urging residents not to travel and to use caution if they must be out on the roads.

“Road conditions are worsening as the heavy snow continues to accumulate on the roads making driving conditions very hazardous. Road crews are out treating the roads, but as temperatures continue to drop, it makes it more difficult to clear the roads. Please stay home and off the streets if at all possible,” Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said in a post on the department’s Facebook page.

To view weather-related road closures in Ohio, visit www.ohgo.com.

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