DEFIANCE, Ohio (WTVN) -- While much of Ohio avoided the heavy snow that hit states like Indiana, parts of western and northwestern Ohio did get pounded by snow. More than a foot of snow fell in communities like Paulding and Defiance. Level 3 snow emergencies, which means roads are closed unless travel is essential, are posted from the Indiana state line to east of Toledo.

"Level 3 says don't go out if you don't have to. You risk getting a ticket," said Defiance County Sheriff Dave Westrick. "Have we ever written a ticket for it? No."

Westrick says level 3 doesn't mean that you can't drive to work, but it simply means that if you're out "joyriding" and emergency crews have to come rescue you, you can be cited.

Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers agrees. He says they will use common sense when deciding whether or not to cite someone for driving during a level 3 snow emergency.

"If your employer demands that you're there or you're going to lose your job, you've got a decision to make," he said.

Westrick says they have gotten a few calls for emergency assistance. They've also gotten a few calls that make the sheriff shake his head.

"Been a couple of beer calls already today. We're not going to do that," he said. "Cigarettes, beer, and baby diapers are not emergencies."

Both sheriff's say that roads across their counties are drifting shut in some spots. Landers says county road crews plan on focusing only on primary routes before calling it a day. He says many roads are drifting shut not long after plows go through.

Westrick says this storm hasn't been as bad as the Blizzard of 1978, but Defiance has seen more snow than it did from that storm.