SOUTHEAST OHIO – As the snow continues to fall throughout the region, road crews are working to keep up with the accumulating snow fall.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a weather advisory for Meigs County, Ohio and the surrounding counties.
There will be periods of light to moderate snow fall across the region which will cause decreased visibility. The snow showers will continue through the afternoon according to the NWS. Other counties in the immediate are included in the advisory are Gallia and Vinton in Ohio and Mason County, West Virginia. Motorists are advised to allow extra time if traveling, to reduce speed, and increase stopping distance between vehicles.
As of publication, Meigs County Sheriff Keith O. Wood has upgraded to a Level 2 Snow Emergency from a Level 1 Snow Emergency. Snow Emergency Classifications are as follows:
- 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.
While crews are working on the roads, roadways will continue to be slick as more snow falls. According to the Ohio Department of Transportation District 10 as of 11:15 a.m., Meigs County currently has 9 trucks running to clear roads. The surrounding counties also have snow plows working on roadways: Athens, 10; Gallia, 8; Hocking, 7; Monroe, 8; Morgan, 11; Noble, 14; Vinton, 6; and Washington 20. Motorists are reminded to give crews plenty of room and not “crowd the plow.”