Snow Emergencies Issued, Weather Impacting Travel
Several counties have declared snow emergencies in light of the winter storm that is blowing through Northeast Ohio and impacting travel.
Sandusky and Ottawa counties have issued a Level 3 Snow Emergency, meaning residents can be cited if they drive. Roadways are described as being extremely hazardous.
Under a Level 3, roads are closed to all traffic with the exception of emergency vehicles.
Officials in Sandusky County said if residents are required to go to work, they still could be stopped by a deputy. It is up to the deputy whether or not the resident will be cited, according to officials.
Huron and Erie counties reduced their snow emergency to a Level 2 meaning roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow and may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads.
Richland and Lorain counties are under a Level 1 Snow Emergency, meaning roads are hazardous due to accumulated snow or ice. Drivers are asked to travel with caution.
– Fifty percent of all departing flights at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport are canceled today due to the severe weather.
– Nearly 200 people have had to try different routes at the Greyhound bus terminal in downtown Cleveland. According to Greyhound, the company is providing food and are working on different travel plans for the riders.
– Amtrak will maintain modified service to and from Chicago, but said passengers in the region are urged to consider not traveling or confirming their train’s status before arriving as “significant delays are likely.”
Amtrak says passengers who have paid but choose not to travel due to any service disruption can receive a refund or voucher for future travel.
Most of northeast Ohio is currently under a Winter Storm Warning and Wind Chill Warning, with temperatures reaching record-breaking lows.