Snow Level Emergency Differences

by Katie McGraw on March 5, 2013 at 6:35 am

Muskingum County Sheriff, Matt Lutz, is also gearing up for the storm so he can determine which snow emergency level to declare. There are three levels of snow emergencies and tonight is a good time to go over what they mean.

" Well of course level one we issue quite a bit during the winter time," said Lutz.  It’s basically to let the public know that the roads are starting to get snow covered or starting to get slippery. Basically use caution when go out, give yourself more time."

The level two snow emergency is designated for only those who feel it necessary to drive and you should contact your employer to see if you should report to work. The level three snow emergency means roads are closed to non-emergency personnel.

" We need to have the roads clear in order for county highway and O-DOT to be able to get the roads cleared off in timely manner and if we have a lot of traffic going on during that time, causing accidents or being involved in accidents, it causes a lot more work and causes us a lot more delay in getting to those accidents and emergencies and getting the roads clear. "

The Sheriff’s office will post the emergency levels on their website and we will report that information on TV/Radio and our website. Sheriff Lutz is also urging residents not to call 911 to find out the snow emergency level.