Under Ohio Law Sheriff's have the responsibility to monitor snow conditions and to declare "SNOW EMERGENCIES" as appropriate. When it is determined that the conditions of roads and highways within Hamilton County have become impaired as the result of snow and/or ice, a snow and/or ice a snow emergency is declared and conveyed to all electronic and printed media within the Greater Cincinnati Area. (Reference Ohio Attorney General Opinion 86-023 and 97-015)
There are three levels of snow emergency in Ohio. They are as follows:
Level 1 - Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads are icy - drive very cautiously.
Level 2 - Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Only those individuals 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 3 - All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. THOSE TRAVELING ON ROADWAYS MAY BE SUBJECT TO ARREST.