Safe Driving: Know Levels of Snow Emergency

While in the midst of winter weather, remember that the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has the responsibility to monitor snow conditions. 

The department can declare a “snow emergency” when it is determined that road conditions within Hamilton County are dangerous that unrestricted use by motorists would be a threat to public safety (Under Ohio law - ORC 311.07 and ORC 311.08).

The snow emergency levels announced by the Sheriff’s Office are:

•Level I Snow Alert: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow.

•Level II Snow Advisory: 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 Snow Emergency: All Municipal, Township, County, and State roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel. Those traveling on the roadways may subject themselves to arrest.

When snow emergencies are issued, please monitor news media, “official” social media (such as that from Anderson Township or the Sheriff’s Office) or a weather alert radio for more information.

Please note that on rare occasions Anderson Township may also issue a snow emergency, but this would only restrict parking on township roadways.  However, whenever snowfall is forecasted, we request motorists not park on the street, if possible. This greatly assists our Public Works crews’ ability to safely and most efficiently treat roadways and clear snow.