The County Sheriff may, pursuant to Ohio Revised Codes Section 311.07 may declare a “snow emergency” and temporarily close any township, municipal, county, US interstates or state roads within his jurisdiction for the preservation of public peace. Any person who violates a snow emergency order is subject to prosecution of Ohio Revised Code Section 2917.13 (Misconduct at an Emergency). The Sheriff of Wood County has defined snow emergencies by the following levels:
LEVEL I – SNOW ALERT: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Drive very cautiously.
LEVEL II – SNOW ADVISORY: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow and or icy conditions. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.
LEVEL III – SNOW EMERGENCY: All Municipal, Township, County, State and US Routes in Wood County are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be out during these conditions. Those traveling on the roadways may subject themselves to arrest. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work as only employees designated by their employer as essential may go to work and only if their route is passable.
Snow levels will be posted on our website as well as on our Facebook page.
To view the state’s weather-related road closures and restrictions, visit the Ohio Department of Transportation’s traffic Web site at http://www.buckeyetraffic.org.