Level 3 snow emergency in effect for Huron, Erie counties

Drivers found on roadways during Level 3 could be charged with "misconduct at emergency."
Scott Seitz
Jan 6, 2014

 

Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard has issued a Level 3 weather emergency, effective at noon today.

(UPDATE: The snow emergency was reduced to a Level 2 early Tuesday morning.)

"With the hazardous conditions we're currently having, this is the prudent thing to do," Howard said. 

By issuing the Level 3 at noon, Howard said it gives time for residents to travel home safely before dark.

"With the increased wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour and extreme cold as low as minus-40 below zero with the wind chill tonight, the temperatures being displayed are an extreme hazard to our citizens and emergency services personnel," Howard said. "The safety of our citizens of this county is paramount and with this in mind, I have ordered a Level 3 snow emergency — effective at noon today — to be evaluated periodically."

The driver of a vehicle found on the roadways during a Level 3 could be charged with "misconduct at emergency."

"Emergency facility personnel" are permitted on the roadways in a Level 3.

Those include physicians, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, physician's assistants, health care workers, clerical staffs, and any individual who is a security officer performing security services in an emergency facility.

"No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists," Howard said. "All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest."

Howard said it it important for residents seeking information about the Level 3 to refer to the HCSO Facebook page, the Reflector site or local radio.

"Our emergency lines are being tied up," the sheriff said, adding only emergency calls should be made to (419) 663-2828.

Howard said residents currently at work are permitted to travel home.

Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth has also issued a Level 3 for Erie County.

"The conditions just aren't getting any better," Sigsworth said.

Comments

wowman

This is where COMMON SENCE comes into play.. Say you want to go out for whatever and you wreck and freeze to death was whatever you're going after really worth it.. This is set up to help not cause an up roar.

optimistic041

By comments here and on facebook I have come conclusion that a lot of people lack common sense! It is sad yes that some companies do not shut down but that is when you as a grown up have to make decision whether your life is worth it or if you are confident with your driving experience.

optimistic041

By comments here and on facebook I have come conclusion that a lot of people lack common sense! It is sad yes that some companies do not shut down but that is when you as a grown up have to make decision whether your life is worth it or if you are confident with your driving experience.

Cliff Cannon

As usual, the score is " Mother Nature " 1 Man 0 ( THAT score never changes,does it ? )

Here's hoping no disastrous 'things' happen to ruin the fun of this record setting cold front. For the simplest of reasons. Because 25 years from now, those still living at that point, will look back to the Blizzard/Deep freeze of '14 and tell warm, funny memories of how they prepared for, then endured, this very special time.


" Special times " is obviously what we get, when Mother Nature show's us disbelieving humans her raw, awesome power, isn't it ? Please enjoy and stay safe.

P.S. Just spent 10 minutes outside checking out the cold. " Level 3 " ? Probably about 2 levels too low.

Brock Lee

wtf frose my but off out

Cliff Cannon

Brock Lee : Am I ever going to get you to love winter ? :)

cjbell019

The Bath House will never close.....not even for level three. Ropes.

Dr. Information

Roads are not that bad. Drive slow and you well be fine if you have to go out. Everyone in freak out mode. It's Ohio, this weather is pretty normal.

oldsquare1

I am shocked more people are not upset that a single man has determined none of us in Huron County are capable of deciding whether or not to drive. Mind you, this supreme power to shut down the county is based on Ohio Revised Code 311.07 "(A) Each sheriff shall preserve the public peace.."

coolstorybro

They're more worried because of that fact that its -35° outside. You people just don't understand. It's the mix of bad roads PLUS the extremely cold temps. It wasn't just the bad roads that made him make this decision.. his decision included the temps. God forbid you get in an accident and you're stuck on the side of the road in this crap. With temps like this it only takes minutes for frost bite to set in. And no, he's not saying "all Huron county residents are incapable of driving in bad weather" but there are some idiots out there!! He's just trying to protect the residents and avoid a potentially diasterous outcome. I mean, are your home lives so terrible you can't just stay home for a day? And Btw, Dr information... these temps actually are NOT common in Ohio. You are wrong. 0° temps? Sure. -40° temps? Nope. And guess what? It's almost over now so you can stop getting all keyed up and leave your home again!

Dr. Information

Keyed up? You are the ranting one on here. Lol

Cliff Cannon

Wouldn't be fun to start a pool trying to guess how many babies will join the world this Oct. 7th at Fisher-Titus ? ( And who says storms aren't fun ? )

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