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.



BULLISDEEP's picture

WATCH THE VID ,What if your work doesn't close during level 3


Dropped my gf off at work at 9:30 am. 20 minutes later level 3 was declared. She called me to say she had to complete her shift and to pick her up at 6. Nice employer.


Update...they are closing at 3. Reason finally prevails.


your already at work. what is the difference it is not getting worse just staying the same. understand if you were going to work but level 3 not issued till noon today.

p.s I plow snow and will be going to work


Good point...I think the difference is when it gets dark. Sounds like they really want people off the roads by then.


Traveling home from work several hours after a level 3 has been declared could lead to a lawsuit if you were involved in an accident. Your employer can be held liable.


Phroggy- Provide some proof to back up your statement that employer is liable.

Good 2 B Me

No need for proof...Remember the commercial...Everything on the internet is true! lol


LOL. People post misinformation. I am asking for them to put some money where their mouth is. Simply backup what they are saying. Gullible people will believe what is said. Still asking for someone to show proof that employers are responsible for traffic tickets, accidents that occur on the way to work etc... So far, no one has responded.

Good 2 B Me

I agree! People just throw out any old thing and call it a fact!


Yep and when you ask them to back up their statement there is no response.

BULLISDEEP's picture

NO they are not required to pay your ticket.


My road is blocked by drifts, car won't start - you want me at work then come and get me.


I can not understand employers who do not closed for the safety of their employees. Is money that important to them to risk employees safety. I think it is sad day in America when we can not stay home one day without having to go to store. We were all told days ago this was coming. Do people not listen? Personally I think we should ALL not go out and support these greedy business who do not have any more respect for their employees. There is nothing worth someone getting in bad accident because they are having a Big Mac attack. Maybe if this would happen these corporations would get the message. When they are paying out and not getting anything in the cash draws. That includes Wal-Mart who have seniors working there today. Sad just real sad. Sure hope they all get home safe. Everyone stay home and stay warm.


Well at least Sheriff Sigsworth has the common sense and compassion that our employers don't have!


Great attitude. I'm sure your employer would bend over backwards for a guy like you...Best of luck on your future endeavors. And here I thought our area employees had a great work ethic?

Castalia Gal

Unfortunately hospitals and long term care facilities operate 24/7 with patients and residents counting on staff to make it into work. Has nothing to do with greed in those situations. When you are employed in healthcare it just goes with the territory.


According to another poster - he/she states there is a legal obligation for nurses to go to work. Ethical, work requirement and your understanding of patient needs I commend you but a LEGAL obligation? Thanks for your compassion and understanding that it goes with the territory.


The city and twp could make a lot of money if they would do what they say instead of throwing a scare out there that doesnt scare anybody. I have to work and where I work of course is open to the public, and people were just out doing everyday stuff.

Julie R.

Stuck in the house all day and night ...... now the cable goes out and I don't feel like reading. All there is to do is listen to the wind shaking the windows, the furnace running non-stop and worry that the electricity is going to go out next ..... plus we have another day of this crap. No wonder people move to Florida!


Julie, Julie, julie. Urge you to invest (small amount) in a Mr.Heater. In times like now it has a great value, no electric needed & you won't freeze. ps. I've got a Soapstone Woodstove & small generator. As a child our household was housebound for 7seven days. Dad & mom had everything. Such was farm life.


A oak Harborcop ticketed a oak harbor mailman for delivering during the level 3 yesterday


Wow, that is terrible! I should have re-read what I typed before I hit save :-)


Huron County went to a level 2 this morning unless they went back?


Could you add a time to your updates?
From Reflector:


When you first apply for a job , one of the most important things involved is knowing how you are going to get to work and home .With that being said , in times as this when roads are deemed unsafe for transportation and government issues and edict, it is your responsibility to cover your self with time lost through personal benefit , sick time vacation etc.Storms as this one just do not pop up and kick us around , we have weather forecasts that give people ample time to prepare for winter events and in the future nee to take heed and listen before you end up complaining.Public sector servants know this and maybe the private sector should learn from it as well.


I just wander is the rough times of snow and blistering cold are about over , or is it just getting a good foot hold for worse things to come , If that at all possiable ..Good luck everyone and please for gods sake becarefull and if you dont have to be out I wouldnt go out .