It's finally starting to feel like winter in southeastern Ohio. A mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain covered area roads and created dangerous driving conditions.
Coshocton, Guernsey, Muskingum, Noble and Perry Counties issued snow emergencies to keep drivers off the roads. Sheriff Matt Lutz said Muskingum County was at a level two earlier on Saturday.
"To go to a level two, the roads have become pretty treacherous, and we are suggesting that only people who have to drive do so if they really need to go somewhere as an emergency-type situation," said Lutz.
The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office did not report any serious accidents during the storm. Lutz said effective communication is key in emergency situations.
"Our primary goal is to let people know what's going on in the community," said Lutz. "We have deputies driving around, and we can check with them to see how the roads are. We're checking with ODOT and the State Highway Patrol, so I don't know if it's the best system out there, but it seems to be fairly consistent."
Lutz said he appreciates the public's cooperation in following the snow emergency guidelines.