Huron County snow emergency reduced to Level 2

Adverse weather causes numerous accidents.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Mar 12, 2014

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.

Comments

uturnlouie

I'm so happy we have a Sheriff that is thinking about the safety of all of us in Huron County, if we could only get the citizens of Huron county to put on there thinking caps before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.

exoticnoise420

It's Ohio... Instead of giving kids 2 and a half months of school off in the summer. Let's just add those onto Christmas vacation and give them 3 months off. The problem with missing school for no reason is over. I would hate to see how people would react if something really bad happend like lose power for a year.

dswwtp

This "snow emergency level" thing is ridiculous, unnecessary, and should be abolished. It's creating yet another generation of wimpy Americans who think "OMG!! It snowed! I can't go to work today!! SMH!!"

OHIOHOOSIER76

i agree!!!!

nikki6279

I also agree... You live in Ohio... there should be a expectation... Level 3's.... Ridiculous. Make it a personal choice.

ohiobuzzard

I like the fact that our public servants are out and evaluating the road conditions, but to say that thay are bad and you don't have enough sense to make your own call about going out is BS. We do not live in a martial law state, or at least I didn't think we did until this passed winter.

ohiobuzzard

I like the fact that our public servants are out and evaluating the road conditions, but to say that thay are bad and you don't have enough sense to make your own call about going out is BS. We do not live in a martial law state, or at least I didn't think we did until this passed winter.

Lawyerintraining

THANK YOU SEEN IT ALL for the link....as I read complaints of people just calling it a lil snow...I was also thinking of the turnpike and thinking those people were told a week ago to expect this bad weather...I'm not sure how many of you went to Norwalk when you were little I did and YES!!!! We did have snow days...blizzard of 77/78 then let's not forget the bomb threats back in 88 where school was called off a week due to bomb threats...and in doing this they had to make up those days over Easter break...so,let's not forget we did have snow days and lots of them...if all our kids lived in town school would be in but those kids on back country roads should not have to stand and wait for a bus in sub zero temps...would rather see these kids safe at home then in a ditch..

Hurricanematt

Only males should be allowed to drive in a level 3.

Blaze

A state trooper was seriously injured today due to people driving in a level 3. It's the fact that you're putting other people at risk and that is why people should adhere to it.

tested22

accidental double post

Kottage Kat

I am a 66 year old wimp.

tested22

I understand the reasoning behind that line of thought,
but those assumptions are ignorant. The sheriff is the one that calls the different snow emergency levels based on accidents, roadside issues etc. If the weather gets to a state so bad that they see a major increase in accidents or are having trouble assisting everyone, and feel like their officers are in danger on the roads they can increase the level so that people can stay off the roads.

As far as schools go, do you people really want schoolbuses with 2 dozen children sliding around in a massive winter storm? This system is in place for a reason!

ohiobuzzard

I did say don't close the schools but don't stop me when I going home from work.

phoenix820

I totally agree and am happy for the levels and rules of safety. A lot of people don't have basic common sense anymore. Just look at how many wrecks, and ditched vehicles there are. BTW on a level three you can still go home from work, just don't run around like restaraunts and shopping and unnecessary places. THANK YOU HURON COUNTY SHERIFFS!!!

tested22

i havnt actually heard of anyone getting pulled over for being out. It's more for businesses/educational etc. also to inform people of the road conditions.

Keepthepeace

I was pulled over this afternoon leaving work. I however wasn't ticketed due to being in the medical field, the officer did however call my place of employment to find out if I was working and the time I got off.

Keepthepeace

I was pulled over this afternoon leaving work. I however wasn't ticketed due to being in the medical field, the officer did however call my place of employment to find out if I was working and the time I got off.

Keepthepeace

I was pulled over this afternoon leaving work. I however wasn't ticketed due to being in the medical field, the officer did however call my place of employment to find out if I was working and the time I got off.

earlduck

I love it when city hall closes early every time it snows,what the hell let them sit on their duffs and work until quitting time,what an example

Really are you ...

It is a good system. When I was in Germany as I left post in route to another post, there was a display for current road conditions in Southern Braveria. Everyday all year long. Except they used red, yellow, and green identifiers for the road conditions. Here in the States we don't have autobahns, but it seems we have a lot more careless drivers.

Contango

Re: "Contact your employer to determine if you should report to work."

And if they say "yes," does it become a personal liability issue?

Will the county compensate workers for a lost day's pay?

Cliff Cannon

The score is always Mother Nature 1 Mankind 0. So when Mother Nature want's to remind us of who's in really in charge. I for one, scamper for my hole like a good little chipmunk.


Still, obviously, at times like these, some folks aren't as lucky as me to enjoy the storm from home. Because,they have responsibility's to take care of. So's here praying & rooting for everyone's safe return home A.S.A.P.


Also, thanks Sheriff Howard for the level 3 alert. Because,as we all know some folks really do not need to be out, yet are. Here's hoping that "3" wakes them up.


Besides, this level 3 sets another new record---- our fourth one this winter. Pretty darn cool to a part of a record setting winter, ain't it ?

LifeIsShort

The levels are arbitrary. If there is no consequence for driving during a level 3, and employers do not have to abide by them, there is no point in issuing one.

uncommoncents

I agree with the alerts, it's always good to advise people of possible dangerous conditions. I disagree that the sheriff has the authority to basically create martial law. I think if someone actually got into trouble or cited they could press the issue all the way to the supreme court if one wanted to take on that kind of challenge. There are far more important things we should be worrying about though so just stay home and enjoy your family. Unless of course you have to work, the bums need your tax dollars!

starryeyes83

If people would slow down and put the damn phones away and pay attention there wouldn't be so many accidents. But that's never going to happen not in clear weather or crappy weather. The wimps are not the ones who are being cautious it's those of you who are careless enough to put me and everyone else out there at risk.

Levels are a good system. And necessary. There's going to be a lot of people sliding into ditches, drifts, into fields, or jack-knifing today.

*** Hang up the damn phone and Drive it ,like it's on eggshells and SLOW DOWN!!

phoenix820

AMEN, agreed!

tadpole

.....and learn how to use your 4WD/AWD during the winter.

nannagina52

Why is it that there has always got to be complainers involved with no matter what is going on? Can we just be grateful and leave it alone? I must be that the ones to complain are ones who have never had anything happen to them during weather like this. Praise the Lord for that and be grateful!

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