A Message Regarding Snow Emergency Levels

The Ohio Department of Transportation is not authorized or responsible for issuing Snow Emergency Levels. Law enforcement agencies, specifically County Sheriffs, make and enforce such declarations.

Please consult the local county sheriff’s offices for the current level in your area (contact information is available through the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association Web site.)


 Snow Emergency Level Definitions
(more details are available at the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness - Snow Emergency Classifications Page)


Level 1 Snow Emergency

  • Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow.
  • Roads may also be icy.
  • Drive carefully.


Level 2 Snow Emergency

  • Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow.
  • Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads.
  • Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.

Level 3 Snow Emergency

  • All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel.
  • No one else should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists.
  • All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.


To ODOT's knowledge there is not one centralized location available for collecting and publically sharing the current Snow Emergency Level for the state's 88 counties at this time. This information is not available on ODOT's Web sites (including www.BuckeyeTraffic.org).

To identify the status of the snow emergency level(s) affecting your travels, please contact the Sheriff's office(s) for each county you travel in or through during winter weather events. Contact information and links (when available) for all of Ohio's 88 counties are available through the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association Web site at: http://www.buckeyesheriffs.org/Ohio%20Sheriffs.htm.  

Some of the information on this page has been adapted from material prepared by the Clear Roads multi-state educational initiative. For more information and related material, visit www.clearroads.org