Sheriff’s offices and departments collaborate with county emergency managers to determine whether current conditions with the weather and roadways constitute issuing a snow emergency level.
Since 1994, county sheriffs have had authority on issuing snow emergencies, using guidelines given from the state.
The entire Miami Valley is under a Winter Weather Advisory until 10 a.m. for accumulating snow up to 5 inches in some areas, as well as snow-covered, icy roads.
As of 7:15 a.m. Friday, the following counties are under a snow emergency level:
- Clinton County, Level 1 Snow Emergency
- Logan County, Level 1 Snow Emergency
- Auglaize County, who does not issues snow emergency levels, reports that roadways are hazardous and slippery in spots with blowing and drifting snow.
- Wayne County, Indiana, Level 1 Travel Advisory
SNOW EMERGENCY DEFINITIONS
LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads also may be icy. Motorists are urged to drive with caution.
LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads also may 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 be subject to arrest.