The snow emergency for Athens County has been canceled. Please drive carefully some road hazardous due to the severe weather may still exist in remote areas of the county.
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.
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.
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.
Athens County is now under a LEVEL 2 SNOW EMERGENCY. 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.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY FOR ATHENS COUNTY, WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM THIS MORNING, THURSDAY 1/29.
HAZARD TYPES – PATCHES OF FREEZING RAIN OR DRIZZLE.
ICE ACCUMULATIONS – A THIN FILM OF ICE.
TIMING – 8 AM UNTIL 11 AM
IMPACTS – COLD GROUND TEMPERATURES WILL ALLOW RAIN TO FREEZE ON WALKING AND ROAD SURFACES, MAKING ROADS AND WALKING SURFACES ICY AND TREACHEROUS.
TEMPERATURES – IN THE LOWER 30S.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
PLEASE REPORT ICE ACCUMULATIONS TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BY CALLING TOLL FREE AT 1-800-401-9535, WHEN YOU CAN DO SO SAFELY. THIS PHONE NUMBER IS TO BE USED FOR REPORTING PURPOSES ONLY.
YOU CAN ALSO REPORT WINTER WEATHER BY POSTING YOUR REPORT TO THE CHARLESTON WEST VIRGINIA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FACEBOOK PAGE OR BY USING THE TWITTER HASHTAG, #NWSRLX.
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.
Love is in the air here on the Wayne National Forest and the Wild Weekend Discovery Series is a great way to discover the different way animals attract and court each other!
Come explore the amazing world of Animal Courtship on Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at the Wayne National Forest Headquarters located off US Hwy 33 between Nelsonville and The Plains.
Learn all about how certain animals attract mates and pair up for their mating season! Bird songs and bird dances will be the highlight of the program! We will have a bird mask craft for everyone to make, then we will discuss different songs, flight patterns, and “dances” bird use to attract mates. There will be a bird mating game that will be fun and exciting for everyone!
Bring your children and enjoy this free fun-filled educational program that’s designed for preschool to 5th grade. This is a one hour program that starts at 10 a.m. If seats fill up quickly, we may have an additional session at noon.
Space is limited to 15 seats per session, so please pre-register by calling (740) 753-0101.
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The City of Nelsonville has issued a boil order for 15468 to 15420 State Route 691 and 15275 to 14455 County Road 1, Kimberly Road until further notice.
Boil orders are put into place as a result of broken water lines or local flooding. When this happens, the drinking water may have been contaminated which can cause many illnesses.
Here are some tips to keep in mind, should you find yourself in this situation: • Bring water to a full boil, and boil for three minutes prior to use.
- Use only boiled water for drinking, preparing food or baby formula.
- To improve the flat taste of boiled water, keep cold in refrigerator. Put a cup over your faucets as a reminder to not use tap water – not even to brush your teeth!
- Instead of boiling water, you can disinfect water by adding one teaspoon unscented chlorine laundry bleach for every five gallons of water. Let stand 30 minutes before using.
- Be sure to use sanitized food grade containers for storing water.
- To disinfect water storage containers, pour a solution of one tablespoon of unscented chlorine bleach to a gallon of water into a container. Let the solution remain in the container for 10 minutes, then pour out the solution. Rinse with purified water.
- Boiled or disinfected water can be stored for six months.
- Dispose of ice cubes.
- When washing dishes, make sure to sterilize dishes with a final dip in water that has one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water. Disposable tableware is an option during a boil order.
- It is also recommend you sanitize hands when washing. Again use one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water and rinse hand frequently by pouring rinse over the hands. Use paper towels to dry.
- Water for bathing doesn’t need to be boiled. Supervise children to avoid water being ingested.