The Clinton County Sheriff has a large number of responsibilities, one of which is informing the public about hazardous road conditions during winter storms. The Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association (BSSA) which represents all 88 of Ohio’s Counties has come up with guidelines to assist the local Sheriff’s in determining the severity of road conditions. Although unpopular at times, the Weather Advisories are not declared only on the opinion of the Sheriff. The Sheriff’s Office consults with the Clinton County Highway Department and the local Ohio Department of Transportation before making a determination of what level of Weather Advisory to declare. Weather Advisories are not meant to inconvenience anyone, but are meant to warn the public of hazardous conditions and enable the local road crews to clear the roadways more efficiently.
The public is encouraged to tune to local radio stations or the Cincinnati and Dayton TV networks to obtain Winter Weather Advisories. Weather Advisories are classified as follows:
Level 1- Roadways are hazardous, drive very cautiously.
Level 2- Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow, roadways are also icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.
Level 3- All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel. All employees Should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roadways may subject themselves to arrest.