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Some counties begin downgrading their snow emergencies, others remain in place

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Posted at 11:23 AM, Jan 19, 2019

Snow emergencies have been issued for portions of Ohio.

Some counties begin to downgrade their snow emergencies
Authorities in Huron and Erie counties have downgraded to a Level Two Snow Emergency after having a driving ban on non-emergency personnel. Drivers are reminded to use caution as roads are still in poor condition.

Level 3: Roads are closed to non-emergency personnel
Authorities in Ottawa and Sandusky counties have declared a Level Three Snow Emergency -- only emergency personnel should be on roadways.

Snow Emergency classifications, according to the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness:

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.

Level 2: Only drive if necessary
In Ashland County authorities have declared a Level Two Snow Emergency.

Level 1: Drive cautiously
Authorities in Medina and Holmes counties have declared a Level One Snow Emergency. Roads are expected to be icy and hazardous.

In Western Ohio, Lucas County downgraded to a Level One Snow Emergency.

Anyone traveling Sunday should be extremely careful.

In Richland County, Mansfield city officials have also declared a snow emergency. Crews will be working around the clock to keep roads clear. Residents are asked to stay off the roads as much as possible.

Cuyahoga County authorities said they do not issue emergency snow levels.

Tip to remember: If your wipers are on, your headlights should be on too.

More info from OCSWA can be found here.

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