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County Snow Emergencies

County Snow Emergencies
Posted January 30th, 2015 @ 10:57am

Level 1: Franklin, Knox, Licking, Logan, Morrow, Pike, Union, Fayette, Delaware, Madison

Level 2: Athens, Fairfield, Jackson, Ross, Vinton, Crawford, Hocking, Pickaway, Guernsey, Muskingum, Perry

Level 3: None

What do snow emergencies mean?

Level 1 emergency means roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. The roads may also be icy and motorists are urged to drive cautiously.

Level 2 emergency means people should only drive if it is necessary. Employees should ask their employer if it is necessary to report to work, and those who do drive are advised to use extreme caution.

Level 3 emergency means driving is forbidden for any non-emergency personnel. Exceptions may be made for those responding to a personal emergency, but people driving under these conditions may subject themselves to arrest. Anyone who knowingly hampers or fails to comply with the snow emergency could face criminal prosecution. Such violations would likely be a fourth-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a fine of up to $250, or both. Misconduct that creates a risk of physical harm is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.

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