Weather Awareness

It’s snowing!! Yes, Becky it is. And with snow comes hazardous road conditions. Motorists should take precautions when traveling. Before venturing out on the roadways, it is important to be prepared. One of the most important things to know is the snow emergency levels.
Below is a list of the snow levels. You should monitor local news (TV and radio) and check local media websites such as
The Chillicothe Gazette
WKKJ radio
as well as this website to keep up to date on the current levels.
Please do not call the police department to get current road conditions. In the event a road is closed (Carlisle Hill, University Dr.) the dispatcher should have that information. The current snow level dictates whether or not travel is safe, dispatchers will not
be able to make the determination if roads are safe to drive upon. During snow emergencies, it is important to keep the phone lines open for emergencies.
In the event of a snow emergency, The Police Department will not be able to give you permission to miss work.
Residents should also pay attention to local media and school resources in the event of school closings or delays.
Central Ohio School closings
Or follow on twitter @OHclosings

SNOW LEVELS:
♦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.

Below are several LINKS that will help you in preparation.
Winter Safety Tips for driving, Emergency Kits
To view the state’s weather-related road closures and restrictions
Ohio Committee for severe weather Awareness

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  • By J.Bloe, December 21, 2009 @ 2:17 pm

    Does that mean I can still drive during a level 1. I always call the police and they wont tell you if its ok to drive or not.

  • By admin, December 21, 2009 @ 5:14 pm

    ♦LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously..
    It is not recomended you drive, generally bad weather is forecasted and you should take steps to get groceries, medical supplies, etc. prior to snow emergencies. Level 1 is a caution, just like it states, drive with caution. The phones are manned by civillian dispatchers, who do not get on the road, and may not be able to make an accurate road assesment for each individual road. Road conditions can change at a moments notice, due to current weather, capability of snow removal equipment or other causes.

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