Huron, Erie Counties upgrade to level 2 storm warning; Wind chill warning for entire area

Level 3 winter storm warnings declared in Ottawa, Sandusky counties
Sandusky Register Staff
Jan 7, 2014

Click HERE for a list of closed businesses for Tuesday

Click HERE for the wind chill warning extended until Wednesday at 9 a.m.

UPDATED 5:03 a.m.: Erie County has been upgraded to a Level 2 storm warning. "Visibility is greatly improved as the winds have started to abate," Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said. "Roads are still very icy, but are passable." 

Sigsworth said road crews have been out all night.

Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard, too, has changed the storm warning to a Level 2 for the county.


A Level 3 winter road emergency is being declared in Erie County, effective at noon, Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said.

All nonessential people are being warned to stay off the roads, he said.

"The winds are picking up. Visibility in the rural areas is becoming increasingly obscured because of the blowing snow," the sheriff said.

He said he's particularly concerned about people trying to travel when it gets dark.

The Level 3 is being declared at noon to give businesses time to close, he said.

Level 3 winter conditions also have been declared in Huron, Ottawa and Sandusky Counties.

While people may be subject to arrest if they're out and about during a Level 3, that is not the goal of issuing the warning, both Sigsworth and Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick said.

"We understand there may still be people on the road after noon. The sun is out, but visibility is still difficult," Sigsworth said. "We don't want to arrest anyone. We want to impress upon people they shouldn't be out there."

The Sheriff's Office utilizes standardized winter road condition advisory levels to inform the public about the general condition of roadways throughout the county during a winter storm, particularly in the rural areas. Localized geographical areas within the county may experience better--or worse--road conditions then those listed in a given advisory level. Please monitor weather forecasts and/or information broadcast over or printed in local media outlets before you determine whether to venture out on the roadways. Please do not call the Sheriff's Office to make general inquiries about road conditions.

Level 1 - Roadways are hazardous due to accumulated snow or ice. Drive cautiously.

Level 2 - 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.

Level 3 - 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.




Just called my employer, "We are open, get to work if you want your job".


Call the Sheriff on yourself :-)

Raoul Duke

Going out~you can't stop me!

From the Grave

If you're gonna go out and get yourselves killed, I sure hope you already had me dig your grave~that ground is frozen solid!

Floyd P

It will still be business as usual for a lot of greedy profiteers. If I get a ticket today I will give it to my boss to pay.


If you are in an accident on your way to work, your employer can be held liable and face a lawsuit.


Can you provide one real example that this actually happened or direct the readers to case law? If you are in an accident on your way to work, YOU are responsible. I know this as it happened to me so I am very curious as you have posted this several times as though you may have some direct knowledge that my lawyer didnt'.


Good luck on getting them to pay it , He or she will tell yea that if you want your job you pay the


Do you know of any employer who has actually said this to an employee? Just wondering...


I called where I work and they are supposed to close once we go to level 3 and the big boss doesn't believe that we are under a level 3. Someone had to screen shot the update and send it to him. For those who are at work, are their employers willing to cover the cost of the ticket?


Work told me I had to come in, so i go in and they can pay the ticket.


work better pay my ticket when I get pulled over for being on the road at 5.


Did you get a ticket? Did your employer pay the ticket?


They don't care if something happens to you.


I don't think it's that your employer doesn't care about you but rather it's Ohio. It's winter and it's business.


they are your employer. Who said they have to care about you? They care that they have employees who work so they can remain in business. CARE is not part of the equation. WOrk = pay. It's that simple.


Then you know what? They can take that job and shove it. As a nurse, I'm legally obligated to go in, but non-essential employers need to take into consideration how dangerous this weather is, it doesn't matter if 'there's worse conditions in Alaska,' people from here aren't used to this. If a non-essential business is staying open, and forcing their valued employees to work, then they've lost my business.


A nurse has a "legal obligation" to go to work? Legal? Can you please explain what legal entity you are referring to? I imagine there are professional code of conducts, job description and/or workplace rule but a LEGAL obligation? I'm curious - can you provide more information?


Excuse me, correction, I cannot call off of work with the excuse of the weather (or I'll get wrote up), however, I CAN call off of work with sickness being the excuse. I'm a state employee, and that's how it is. However, I don't see it as ethical for non-essential employers to force employees to work or risk losing their job. The practice of forcing employees to work during a level 3 may be legal in some sense, but threatening to fire or actually going through with discontinuing an employee of non-essential nature because they call off due to weather is wrong on all levels. Bottom line, if it's THAT important to sell a service or product, the employer better have a form of safe transportation, if it were me. $7.85 an hour isn't worth putting my life on the line.


Thanks for replying. As a nurse with OVH that's how it is. So just to confirm, you do not have a LEGAL obligation but rather a disagreement with your employer? I don't like everything about my employer either - it's my prerogative to quit as is anyone's.


Ouch, you're with the OVH. I heard that place is getting rough. This 'can't call off because of weather' started several years ago, everybody received a memo, though I'm not sure it's set in stone in the ORC. It might be part of the employee contract. It's not that I disagree, because I fully accept the ethical and moral expectation to report, and I understand how much we need nurses.

yea right

wow what is wrong with this state..get a little snow and it gets near 5 degrees and it shuts down??
try NORTH..i lived in Marquatte Mi. 200 plus inches of snow every year..snowed from mid sept to july 20..wind chill.. wait for it..

-60..yea thats right negative 60 degrees out..and i was still outside bustin my butt off..

now try further north..



No Wake

Marquette is used to it, most of us here are not. Exact same reaction when it snows in Atlanta.. the city shuts down because people cannot handle the conditions safely.

yea right

i went there after spending2 yrs in the tropics


If you can prove you necessarily have to be at work...police, hospital, will be ok. But if your employer makes you come in and it isn't necessary, any ticket or accident can be held against your employer in a Level 3. But to keep your job...what do you do?


Call the department of labor and report that they are asking you to break a state law.


RV - what do you mean "held against your employer". Please explain.


Your employer would be held responsible for any and all payments. The state law was sent to me recently. I will try and find it and post it.


I hope you can find it and post. I am very interested. thanks.