Huron County is under a Level 2 snow emergency.
Sheriff Dane Howard had elevated the alert to a Level 3 at 2:30 p.m. He reduced it back to a Level 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Under a 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 or a personal emergency exisits. Contact your employer to determine if you should report to work. Those operating vehicles on the roadway for non-emergency reasons may be subject to arrest.
In Ohio, there are three levels of snow emergency, with Level 1 being the mildest. This is the fourth time in Howard's career that he has issued a Level 3; the previous three also were this winter.
The sheriff's office has handled about 20 traffic accidents so far today. The state Highway Patrol and local police agencies, including Norwalk, also have seen their share of crashes. The blowing snow has created near white-out conditions at time.
Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth also issued a Level 3 for his county this afternoon. A triple-fatal accident closed part of the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County this afternoon as jack-knifed tractor trailers caused a chain reaction crash involving many vehicles.
A winter storm warning for Huron County and the surrounding areas expired at 8 p.m.
Also, the city of Norwalk is under a parking ban. Parking on city streets is prohibited when snowfall exceeds or is expected to exceed 2 inches.
The adverse weather conditions has led to a number of closings, including all area schools.
The Norwalk Reflector offices are now closed for the day.
Norwalk city hall is closing at 1:15 p.m.
Huron County Common Pleas, Juvenile and Probate courts, as well as the county title, treasurer, recorder and clerk of courts will close at 1:30 p.m. today.
Citizens Banking Company in Norwalk and Erie County will close at 2:30 p.m.
Tonight's Milan village council meeting and the Norwalk planning commission meeting have been canceled.
The Huron County Public Health Department is now closed for the day.