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 Ice & Snow…Take It Slow  
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A Message Regarding Snow Emergency Levels 


 Ohio Department of Transportation ... Working for Winter

ODOT is ‘working for winter’ to ensure that Ohio’s economic engine never stops running, even when snow and ice blanket our state. Whenever the first snow falls, ODOT’s crews will be ready - to make sure Ohioans can safely get to work, goods can get to market on-time, and vital services are accessible all across the state.

According to a report by the American Highway Users Alliance, if Ohio’s transportation system were to shut down for one day due to a winter storm, the total economic impact would cause the state to lose more than $300 million in direct and indirect productivity.

If Ohio’s transportation system shut down for even just one day because of snow and ice, Ohio workers could lose out on as much as $200 million in wages and paychecks.

The report says snow-related shutdowns affect hourly workers the most. In all, Ohio workers could lose more than $205 million in direct and indirect wages, according to the research. Ohio would also lose vital tax revenue - as much as $11.4 million in state and local taxes, and $15 million in federal taxes - in just one day.  


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First snow or ice — Drivers aren’t prepared for winter driving and forget to take it slow. Remember to drive well below the posted speed limit and leave plenty of room between cars.

Black ice — Roads that seem dry may actually be slippery — and dangerous. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady areas — all are hot spots for black ice. Remember, Ice and Snow…Take it Slow.

Limited visibility — Stay attentive and reduce speed. Know what’s going on around you.



Distance — Give snowplows room to work. The plows are wide and can cross the centerline or shoulder. Don’t tailgate and try not to pass. If you must pass, take extreme caution and beware of the snow cloud.

Speed — Snowplows travel below the posted speed limit. Be patient. Ice and Snow…Take it Slow.

Vision — A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they don’t always see you. Keep your distance and watch for sudden stops or turns.



Watch Out For Blind Spots — The plow driver’s field of vision is limited. If you can’t see the plow’s side mirrors, the driver can’t see you. Stay two to three car lengths behind the plow.

Ice & Snow … Take it Slow — Snowplows travel well below the posted speed limit. Be patient. Try not to pass the plow. Watch for sudden stops or turns.

Beware of Snow Clouds — Snow plows often create clouds as they clear the roads. These Snow clouds can reduce your ability to see.  


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Speed and Distance —The faster you’re going, the longer it will take to stop. When accelerating on snow or ice, take it slow to avoid slipping and sliding. Ice and Snow…Take it Slow.

Brake — Brake early, brake slowly, brake correctly, and never slam on the brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes, press the pedal down firmly and hold it. If you don’t have anti-lock brakes, gently pump the pedal. Either way, give yourself plenty of room to stop.

Control — When driving on ice and snow, do not use cruise control and avoid abrupt steering maneuvers. When merging into traffic, take it slow. Sudden movements can cause your vehicle to slide.

Vision — Be aware of what’s going on well ahead of you. Actions by other vehicles will alert you to problems more quickly, and give you that split-second of extra time to react safely.














Knowledge — Before leaving home, find out about the driving conditions by logging on to Safe drivers know the weather, and their limits. If the weather is bad, remember, Ice and Snow…Take it Slow, or just don't go.

Clear —Remove any snow on your vehicle’s windows, lights, brake lights and signals. Make sure you can see and be seen.

Inspect —Check your vehicle’s tires, wiper blades, fluids, lights, belts, and hoses. A breakdown is bad on a good day and dangerous on a bad-weather day.

Time — Leave plenty of time to reach your destination safely. It’s not worth putting yourself and others in a dangerous situation just to be on time.




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 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 or

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:  

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