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Level 1 snow emergency activated in some Northeast Ohio counties: Here's what each level means for you

A Level 3 snow emergency, which is the highest level, means roadways are closed to all non-emergency travel due to extremely hazardous conditions.
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Snowy road conditions on I-76 East at Eastwood Avenue.

SANDUSKY, Ohio — As wintry weather moves through Northeast Ohio, your county may be under a snow emergency due to slick road conditions.

But what does this actually mean for you?

The decision to activate a snow emergency is made by the sheriff in each county. There are three snow emergency levels that carry very different restrictions.

There are a handful of counties under a Level 1 snow emergency as of 9 a.m. Wednesday. These include:  

  • Erie
  • Huron
  • Lorain

The Level 1 snow emergency has been lifted in Portage and Summit County.


Here's what each level means, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Department:


Roadways are hazardous due to accumulated snow or ice. Drive cautiously.


Roadways are hazardous due to blowing and drifting snow and/or ice cover. Only those who believe it is necessary to drive should be on the roadways. Contact your employer to determine if you should report to work.


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. Those operating vehicles on the roadway for non-emergency reasons may be subject to arrest.

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Editor's note: Video in the player above features our expanded team coverage of the wintry weather on Jan. 25, 2023.

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