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Snow Emergency dropped to Level 1, parking ban lifted, Arctic air surge coming

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Feb 6, 2014 at 8:56 PM

The Level 2 snow emergency issued by Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard has been lowered to a Level 1.

In Ohio, there are three levels of snow emergency, with a Level 1 being the mildest. Here are the definitions of the three levels:

Level 1 - Roadways are hazardous due to accumulated snow or ice. Drive cautiously.

Level 2 - Roadways are hazardous due to blowing and drifting snow and/or ice cover. Only those who believe it is necessary to drive should be on the roadways. Contact your employer to determine if you should report to work.

Level 3 - Roadways are closed to all non-emergency travel due to extremely hazardous conditions. No one should be on the roadway unless it is absolutely essential to travel. Those operating vehicles on the roadway for non-emergency reasons may be subject to arrest.

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The National Weather Service in Cleveland said a wind chill advisory may be needed tonight and Friday night for Huron County and the surrounding areas. Another surge of Arctic air will cause wind chill values to fall to minus 15 to minus 20 degrees tonight, and lower than minus 10 degrees Friday night.

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The parking ban that had been in effect for the entire city of Norwalk has been removed, Bob Patusky, city safety-service director, announced Thursday morning.

City of Norwalk officials reminds residents and property owners of premises located in city limits must make their front, sides and rear sidewalks safe for travel within 12 hours after a snow event ends. Failure to comply may result in a citation for a minor misdemeanor. Any such violation shall constitute a separate offense on each successive day continued.

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The snow will stick around for a while because the temperatures won't rise above freezing any time soon.

Thursday will be partly sunny and cold, with a high near 17 and a low around 2. Friday will be mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 17, a low about 7 and a 30 percent chance of snow.

Another snow storm is expected to hit the area this weekend, although forecasters now are saying the Huron County area might escape significant snowfall.

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