Snow warnings & Emergencies: Officials warn of road conditions

ODOT has 80 crews working 12-hour shifts

MEDINA, Ohio - Snow-covered and icy roads are already causing problems across northeast Ohio.  (Get latest traffic conditions on our traffic map here .)

Local sheriffs have asked drivers to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.


  • Erie County– Level 2
  • Huron County — Level 3
  • Knox County — Level 2
  • Lorain County - Level 2
  • Medina County -- Level 2
  • Richland County — Level 1
  • Seneca County — Level 3
  • Wayne County — Level 1

What different levels mean:

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.

Lake County Sheriff Daniel A. Dunlap is only issuing an advisory, and not a snow emergency. 

Dunlap says due to snow-covered and slick conditions, travel should be limited only to that which is deemed essential.

Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller and Wayne County Sheriff Travis Hutchinson issued similar advisories and Snow Emergencies.

Slick roads caused a crash on Interstate 77 south near Pershing Avenue. ODOT snow plows are working hard to treat road surfaces.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is battling blustery, cold conditions and falling snow Saturday morning – making for tricky travel. About 80 crews in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties are working throughout the weekend.  These crews will work in 12-hour shifts around the clock until this storm is complete.  

"Drivers should expect that conditions will change mile by mile and minute by minute during their weekend travels.  Our best advice, in ice and snow…take it slow!  Or, just DON’T go!"

With heavy amounts of snow falling today and additional lake effect on Sunday, motorists will likely see ODOT crews working in tandem with one another. 

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