Snow emergencies, parking bans and traffic alerts

As of 2 p.m., Huron County is under a level 2 snow advisory.

Erie county is under a Level 1 snow emergency for road conditions, officials said Saturday morning.

Sandusky County is under a level 1 as well.

The City of Mentor has declared a Snow Emergency Parking Ban.  In Lake County, a six-car crash on Route 2, just west of the Grand River Bridge is slowing traffic. Drivers are advised to use caution, or find an alternative route.  You’ll need to slow down, too, as the speed limit on I-90 between SR 44 and SR 528 has been reduced to 40 mph.

Additionally, a lake-effect snow warning is active for Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake counties until 4 a.m. Sunday.  Heavy, lake-effect snow is expected with difficult travel conditions. Additional snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected with locally higher amounts of up to a foot possible.

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According to the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, the three Snow Emergency classifications  are as follows:

LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also 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 subject themselves to arrest.

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