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While a number of residents own vehicles with four wheel or all wheel drive capabilities, there are times when even those vehicle are not permitted on the roadways.

Sheriff Dale R. Williams can declare a snow emergency and temporarily close state roads, county and township roads and municipal streets in his jurisdiction.  Any person who knowingly fails to obey the sheriff’s order declaring a snow emergency may be subject to criminal prosecution.
The classifications are:

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

LEVEL 2:  Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow and may be very icy.  Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads.  Employees should contact their employer to see if they 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.

To view the state’s weather related road closures and restrictions, visit the Ohio Department of Transportation’s  (ODOT)traffic website at www.buckeyetraffic. org.

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