Here is what happens when a snow emergency is declared in your Ohio county

Here is what happens when a snow emergency is declared in your Ohio county
People shovel out their cars on a street in Cleveland Heights, Ohio after a major snowstorm hit northeast Ohio on Friday, March 11, 2011. The area was expecting a foot of snow in some places. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta) (Amy Sancetta)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - With a major winter storm in the forecast, it is important to be informed on the snow emergency classifications in Ohio.

A county sheriff has the ability to declare a snow emergency and limit traffic or close county and township roads if the conditions warrant doing so.

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

The Ohio Department of Transportation will share any weather-related road closures and restrictions online.

Stay with the Cleveland 19 News First Alert weather team for continuing winter storm coverage.

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