Union County, Ohio

Snow Emergencies



Official Snow Emergency Declaration for Union County - February 12-13, 2020

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Pursuant to Attorney General Opinion 86-023 the Sheriff of a County may declare a snow emergency and temporarily close County and Township roads within his jurisdiction for the preservation of the public peace.  Attorney General Opinion 97-015 also allows the Sheriff to close State and Municipal roads.

In order to clarify the definition of the snow emergency, Ohio Sheriff's adopted guidelines to be followed when closing highways due to severe weather.  The policy is as follows:

Level I - Roadway Advisory

Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow.  Roadways are also icy.  Drive very cautiously.

Level II - Roadway Warning

Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow.  Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways.  Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.

Level III - Roadway Emergency

All Township, County, State and Municipal roadways are CLOSED to non-emergency personnel.  No one should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel.  All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work.  Those traveling on the roadways may subject themselves to arrest.