PDT Staff Writer
Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini had, well into the afternoon Tuesday, kept the area at a Level 2 snow advisory.
“Our primary road conditions are improving dramatically,” Scioto County Emergency Management Agency Director Kim Carver said late Tuesday. “However, a lot of the secondary roads are still snowy and icy.”
She said secondary roads would still freeze over keeping driving at a dangerous level.
“People just need to get up early tomorrow morning (today) for their morning commute into work, and just allow a little extra time, because it is going to be one of those morning when you wish you didn’t have to crawl out from underneath the warm covers.”
Carver said the county and state road crews were busy early and continued throughout the day to clear roadways and lessen the hazards for area motorists.
“There is a potential for ice and freeze-overs again, so the motoring public needs to exercise caution when traveling again tomorrow (today),” Carver said. “The morning commute will see some of the same hazardous road conditions we had this (Tuesday) morning, so everyone needs to allow a little extra time to get into work.”
Carver said it will feel very chilly when you go out to thaw your car out today.
“We’re going to be on the fringe of another very cold year outbreak,” Carver said. “We’re probably not going to meet the wind chill advisory criteria. It will be just slightly above that. It will have a real feel of temperatures in the minus category - probably single digits - in the morning.”
Carver said it will be very cold every morning this week.
At around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless announced that county had gone back to a Level 1 snow emergency, after escalating to a Level 2 emergency Tuesday morning.
“The snow has subsided and road crews have been able to clear most major roadways,” Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said. “People need to continue to drive with caution and beware of black ice.”
Minutes later, Pike County Sheriff Richard N. Henderson reduced the Level 1 snow advisory to a Road Advisory.
A Level 1 emergency means roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting roads and may also be icy. Level 2 means people should only drive if it is necessary. Employees should check in with management as to whether they should report to work or now. The worst level is Level 3, which means driving is forbidden for any non-emergency personnel. People responding to a personal emergency may be an exception, but they are, at the same time, subject to arrests if arrests are a part of that Level 3 declaration. A Road Advisory means some roads are snow and ice covered and motorists should use caution while driving.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.