Level 1 winter road condition warning

Huron, Sandusky, Ottawa and Erie Counties issue warning. ECSO asks residents to clear snow from addresses for clear view for first responders.
Sandusky Register Staff
Jan 2, 2013


UPDATE: The Erie County Sheriff's Office has asked residents to clear the snow from their address numbers for first responders in the case of an emergency.

From the Erie County Sheriff's Office website:

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--our dispatchers are very busy, particularly during a winter storm.

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.

Parking bans also have been issued in Sandusky, Port Clinton, Vermilion and Norwalk as plow crews work to clear roadways.



I can't wait. Hope to get a level 3!


yea well BabyMomma winter isnt over yet


Hurry get to the store....milk, eggs, bread...French toast for everyone!!! (ever wonder why people buy milk, eggs, bread?)

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Tue, 12/31/2013 - 12:37pm

Hurry get to the store....milk, eggs, bread...French toast for everyone!!! (ever wonder why people buy milk, eggs, bread?)...... Most people eat them, but there might be some with some kinky sex thing going on .


well, we can see how your mind operates. stay off the porn sites dude.


I just wonder why not get frozen pizza, soup, hamburgers, spaghetti, or something other than milk, eggs, bread? Whenever there is an impending storm they do the news updates showing shovels, salt, snowblowers, and then the grocery dept.....with people loading up on milk, eggs, and bread. They pan over the bread aisle and show the empty shelves where people have bought out all the bread! LOL.


My thoughts...milk can be used on cereal and to drink. Sit it outside to keep it cold if the power is out. Bread for PB&J sandwiches. Provided the power stays on, eggs and soup are always good staples to keep on hand. Crackers, can of beans, apple sauce, canned fruit are other items that don't have to be heated/cooked or refrigerated.


Saw on the news last night that, as New England was about to get hit, stores were selling out of (are you ready?) milk, eggs, and bread, LOL! Sometimes things are funny because they're just that true!

Me? I agree with the others here who've noted that things that don't need refrigerated (though in this weather, you could put it outside if you don't mind whatever it is getting frozen) or heated. Better a can of tuna I can actually EAT than a dozen eggs I am SO not eating raw...!


Is this an fyi or have they already put out a Level 1?



Raoul Duke

It must be exhausting to be Kingsin


This article is very confusing. It was originally posted on Tues Dec 31. It gives a definition of each warning level but doesn't actually state that a warning level has been issued by the sheriff's dept. If a warning level has been issued, it should be stated in the first line and then go on to define the different levels.

Licorice Schtick

These stories often miss a "W" or two. In this case, I guess they thought the headline told the story, so why continue? But it would be helpful to know WHEN the advisory was issued. The "rest of the story" lifted from the Sheriff's website adds little clarity and a lot of column inches.

WHO 0.5 - Huron, Sandusky, Ottawa and Erie Counties "issue warning" but who at the county? And for where? County-wide, one might surmise? "Who" and "Where" are blurred.
WHAT 1.0 - Level 2, headline only, explanation can be gleaned w/ the stuff lifted from the Sheriff's site.
WHERE 0.5 - See "Who" above.
WHEN 0.0 - When issued is not reported. Dateline is of little use.
WHY 1.0 - self-evident, not essential to explicitly state in this case, although if available, details of precisely what qualified this event for a level 2, might be marginally interesting to some readers.
HOW 1.0 - The mechanism by which the issuing authority, presumably the Sheriff's Office, get word out to the media, might be marginally interesting to some readers, but not essential.

For this story I optimistically read a 4 out of 6 on my "W Meter."


I found it confusing because it was initially posted on Dec 31 (see dates of the first few comments) and then again today. How do we know it still applies? They have since added a secondary headline indicating to which counties it applies (that's better). The Register might be short handed due to the weather but come on, reporters, read your story before hitting the enter button to make sure you've included the necessary information in the least confusing way.

Señor Clown

With the wind as it is, you might as well call it a level two unless your travels will be within city limits. Anyone with a commute can expect lots of blowing and drifting snow.


That's what I was stating samiam. Was confusing.


just up it to a level 3, it hasnt let up all morning. your gonna have everyone leaving work at 5 and will be pure craziness!!!

Licorice Schtick

Level 3 where? Erie County website still posts level 2.


Snow is blowing sideways downtown. Mail carrier advises you "can't see Market Street." Maybe it's time for that Level 3, eh?


agreed!!! main roads like 250 and perkins are not plowed very well turn lanes aren't plowed and its blowing like crazy!!! time for level 3.

Julie R.

If you ask me, it should have been upped to a Level 3 four or more hours ago.

Good 2 B Me

Good thing that no one asked you huh!


Hey SR, let's say you look at your article. You have several counties listed, but only tell of Erie County Snow Emergency Level as per the Sheriff's office. Let's say you upgrade to a Big Boy paper and just list each county and it's level of snow emergency.


I was on erie county website at 630 and it said level 2. It may been downgraded I guess.


Good for people who have gas stoves ( most can still be lit manually even with electronic ignition) ... Not so great for people who have electric stoves, either by choice or not.