Snow emergencies issued in Northeast Ohio: Here’s what each level means

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(WJW) — Winter weather is back and that means keeping a close eye on the roads.

A snow emergency may be issued if the roads get bad enough. That’s up to the sheriff of each county to decide.

As of Tuesday morning, Erie and Sandusky counties are under a Level 2 emergency.

Lorain, and Summit have issued a Level 1 emergency due to road conditions.

Wayne County removed all snow level advisories as of 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

HERE IS WHAT EACH LEVEL MEANS, according to the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness:

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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