Nelsonville Public Square closed Fri, 1/31, 12NOON to 9:30PM for Final Friday event, use caution in downtown area!

Fire and Ice Road Closed

The City of Nelsonville announces that the Historic Public Square will be closed to traffic on Friday, January 31, 2014, beginning at 12:00 NOON for the Fire and Ice Final Friday event. The square will reopen at 9:30PM. Travelers are urged to use caution while driving in the downtown area.

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WIND CHILL ADVISORY FOR ATHENS CO 9PM, TUE 1/28 TO 12NOON WED 1/29, TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST THE COLD!

Wind Chill Advisory

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY FOR ATHENS COUNTY, IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING 1/28 TO 12 NOON WEDNESDAY 1/29. THE WIND CHILL WARNING FOR THIS MORNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

HAZARD TYPES – LOW WIND CHILL VALUES

WIND – WEST 5 TO 10 MPH

TIMING – LATE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING

WIND CHILL READINGS – 10 TO 20 DEGREES BELOW ZERO

TEMPERATURES – IN THE SINGLE DIGITS BELOW ZERO

IMPACTS – FROST BITE AND HYPOTHERMIA ARE POSSIBLE IF ADEQUATE PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. PETS CAN ALSO SUFFER FROM WIND CHILLS THIS COLD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:
OUTDOOR PETS AND LIVESTOCK CAN BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THESE DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS AS WELL. ENSURE THEY HAVE ADEQUATE SHELTER TO GET OUT OF THE WIND OR BRING THEM INSIDE IF POSSIBLE.

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.  IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS, MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE SOURCE OF WEATHER INFORMATION FOR THE LATEST UPDATES.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/RLX.

WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS CO FROM 5PM MON 1/27 TO 1 PM TUE 1/28, TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST THE COLD!

Wind Chill Warning

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL WARNING FOR ATHENS COUNTY WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM MONDAY 1/27 TO 1 PM TUESDAY 1/28. THE WIND CHILL WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

HAZARD TYPES – DANGEROUS WIND CHILL VALUES LATE MONDAY INTO TUESDAY

TIMING – COLDEST WIND CHILL LATE TONIGHT INTO EARLY TUESDAY

WIND CHILL READINGS – AS LOW AS 25 TO 30 BELOW ZERO

TEMPERATURES – DROPPING THROUGH THE DAY, TO BETWEEN 0 AND 15 BELOW ZERO TONIGHT

IMPACTS – FROST BITE AND HYPOTHERMIA ARE POSSIBLE IF ADEQUATE PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. PETS CAN ALSO SUFFER FROM WIND CHILLS THIS COLD

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:
A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

OUTDOOR PETS AND LIVESTOCK CAN BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THESE DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS AS WELL. ENSURE THEY HAVE ADEQUATE SHELTER TO GET OUT OF THE WIND OR BRING THEM INSIDE IF POSSIBLE.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE SOURCE OF WEATHER INFORMATION FOR THE LATEST UPDATES.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/RLX.

Sign Up for ALERT ATHENS COUNTY, So You Can Stay Informed by text, Email or telephone!

Alert Athens Co

New Alert Athens County Options available to users.

Alert Athens County has expanded the options you have in receiving emergency information.

Mobile Member, Smartphone App – download the FREE “Everbridge Mobile Member” App to receive push messages directly to your cellphone.

Automatic Weather Alerts – Automatic weather alerting is now available in your individual user settings.  Customize the weather information you will receive.

Fires. Road closures. Gas leaks. How will you find out about emergencies and disasters?

Your safety is our top concern. Early warning helps save lives and property. That’s why Athens County wants to make sure you know about emergencies and disasters as they happen.

The Alert Athens County System will let you know about issues that may affect your safety.

The Alert Athens County system will allow Athens County to contact thousands of residents in seconds so you find out about an emergency right away.

Receive important messages from the County on your phone, email, and more.

Alert Athens County System can deliver messages to you any way you want—on your home phone, cell phone, email, and more. This way, we can reach you in any emergency. We may also use the system in non-emergency situations to let you know about important County-related events, such as meetings, parade closures, or street closures.

How does it work?

Alert Athens County Alert Process

The process begins when the County issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Messages will be sent to all standard voice and text communication devices, including listed land line phones, cell phones, e-mail, and more. If you don’t confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact number or email. The system will continue trying to contact you until it receives a confirmation from you.

The success of this service relies on YOU. Having your latest contact information is the only way to ensure that we can contact you in an emergency. Please update your contact information as soon as possible. Updating is easy and only takes a few minutes, just click on the links below to register for the system or sign-in and update your account.

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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR WIND AND BLOWING SNOW IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS CO UNTIL 12 NOON MON, 1/27!

Winter Weather Advisory

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR STRONG GUSTY WINDS ALONG WITH MINOR ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW PLUS BLOWING SNOW, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL 12 NOON MONDAY, 1/27.

HAZARD TYPES – STRONG WIND GUSTS. ALSO MINOR SNOW ACCUMULATIONS AND BLOWING SNOW

WIND – WEST AND NORTHWEST WITH GUSTS OF 45 TO 50 MPH

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS – AN INCH OR LESS

TIMING – STRONGEST WIND GUSTS MONDAY MORNING INTO MIDDAY

IMPACTS – WIND GUSTS COULD CAUSE MINOR DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:
STRONG WIND GUSTS COULD CAUSE MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE, POWER FLUCTUATIONS OR EVEN OUTAGES AND PERHAPS BLOCKING OF ROADS FROM LOOSE DEBRIS.  CONSTRUCTION SITES ARE VULNERABLE LOCATIONS.  SECURE LIGHT WEIGHT OBJECTS OR BRING THEM INSIDE.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE SOURCE OF WEATHER INFORMATION FOR THE LATEST UPDATES.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/RLX.

WIND CHILL WATCH FOR ATHENS CO 7PM MONDAY, 1/27 TO 11AM TUESDAY, 1/28, TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST THE COLD!

Wind Chill Watch

WIND CHILL WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY FROM 7PM MONDAY, 1/27 THROUGH 11AM TUESDAY, 1/28.

HAZARD TYPES – DANGEROUS WIND CHILL VALUES

WIND CHILL READINGS – 20 TO 30 BELOW ZERO POSSIBLE

IMPACTS – FROST BITE AND HYPOTHERMIA ARE POSSIBLE IF ADEQUATE PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. PETS CAN ALSO SUFFER FROM WIND CHILLS THIS COLD

WINDS – WEST 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH

TEMPERATURES – ZERO TO 10 BELOW

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:
A WIND CHILL WATCH MEANS THE THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS TO CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE SOURCE OF WEATHER INFORMATION FOR THE LATEST UPDATES.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/RLX.

Everything You Wanted To Know About Snow Emergency Classifications, But Were Afraid To Ask.

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Snow Emergency Classifications, But Were Afraid To Ask.

 Is there a Snow Emergency?

The snow emergency level for our county is reported by the same news organizations from which you’d learn about school delays and closures. You can also find the snow emergency level online at many places.

What is a Snow Emergency?

Local media might report something like: “Athens County is under a Level 2 Snow Emergency.” What does that mean for you?

The snow emergency level issued by county sheriffs in Ohio is meant to give citizens a sense of roadway conditions, and in some cases, to limit or restrict travel on roadways in the interest of safety. The authority to declare snow emergencies is placed on the county sheriff by Ohio law and, in order to clarify the definition, sheriffs of Ohio’s 88 counties adopted guidelines to be followed when closing highways due to severe weather.

Legal Background

A county sheriff may, pursuant to Ohio Revised Code sections 311.07 and 311.08, declare a snow emergency and temporarily close the state roads and municipal streets within his/her jurisdiction when such action is reasonably necessary for the preservation of the public peace. Ohio Attorney General Opinion 86-023 states that a Sheriff of a County may declare a snow emergency and temporarily close County and Township roads; Ohio Attorney General’s Opinion 97-015 (pdf), issued April 1, 1997, concluded that this authority includes state roads, county and township roads and municipal streets.

Any person who knowingly hampers or fails to obey a lawful order of the sheriff declaring a snow emergency and temporarily closing highways, roads and/or streets within his/her jurisdiction may be subject to criminal prosecution under Ohio Revised Code Section 2917.13, “Misconduct at an emergency” or other applicable law or ordinance.

Snow Emergency Classifications

LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.

LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

Drive Cautiously

Remember, it’s impossible to know the condition of every road in the county. These are only guidelines for the majority of roads. If, for example, a Level 1 Snow Emergency is in effect, there may be secondary roads that could be hazardous enough to be rated at level 2 or even possibly level 3.

If there is snow present, you should always assume that the road ahead is worse than the stretch of road you are currently on. In short, drive with extra regard for your speed and those around you especially on curves, hills, and the bridges which usually freeze well before the rest of the roadway. Also give yourself PLENTY of stopping distance especially on icy roads.