Snow causes school closings and county snow emergencies

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus City Schools was among hundreds of school closings Friday morning.

An overnight snow caused most schools in Central Ohio to close for the day, including Columbus City, Hilliard, and Gahanna. 

With some places seeing more than three inches of snow, several counties were placed under a Snow Emergency Level. Including:

Level 1
A Level 1 Snow Emergency means roadways are snow-covered and drivers should use caution. The following counties are under a Level 1:

  • Athens County
  • Coshocton County
  • Franklin County
  • Guernsey County
  • Knox County
  • Logan County
  • Perry County
  • Pickaway County
  • Pike County
  • Ross County
  • Union County
  •  Vinton County

Level 2: 

  •     Fairfield County
  •     Hocking County
  •     Licking County
  •     Morgan County
  •     Muskingum County

A Level 2 Snow Emergency means roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. You should only drive if you feel it is necessary to be out on the roadways and contact your employer to see if you should go to work. The following counties are under a Level 2:

Level 3: 

A Level 3 Snow Emergency means that no one except emergency personnel should be on the roads. Do not drive unless it is absolutely necessary to travel. You may be subject to arrest if you drive during a Level 3. You should contact your employer to see if you should report to work.

If you park your car on the street, you may want to check to make sure you aren’t on an emergency snow route.

Many local municipalities have these routes, which you can find maps of on their websites.

Typically, the chief of police or another high ranking official with the municipality will declare a snow emergency activating a no parking zone along the emergency snow routes.

Residents then have a short window of time to move their vehicle or risk it getting ticketed or towed away.
The amount of time typically coincides with the severity of the snow emergency and can be anywhere from a few hours to immediately.

Because you may work a non-tradition shift, and may be asleep when the emergency is called, it is advised that you check if you normally park along one of these routes and make plans to park your vehicle elsewhere ahead of the storm.

Many municipalities allow residents to park their cars in public parking lots during snow events like the one we are expected to experience.

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