Snow emergencies

Multiple Tri-State counties declare snow emergencies

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Counties throughout the Greater Cincinnati region have declared weather emergencies in advance of a winter storm forecast to bring ice and snow to the Tri-State region.

Emergencies have been issued for the following areas:

KENTUCKY:

  • Campbell County — level one travel advisory starting at midnight Wednesday night
  • Kenton County — level one snow emergency starting at midnight Wednesday night
  • Boone County — level one snow emergency starting at midnight Wednesday night
  • Grant County — level one snow emergency starting at midnight Wednesday night

INDIANA:

  • Franklin County — yellow travel advisory starting Wednesday night

What do snow emergencies mean?

The emergencies are a warning system to alert drivers and residents that bad weather could make it unsafe to travel. A level one snow emergency usually means parked cars must be moved off of public streets to allow plows to clear and treat the roads. Many cities will ticket or tow parked cars that aren’t moved from public roads.

A level two snow emergency means people should stay home if they can and drive only if absolutely necessary. In Indiana, a yellow travel advisory also means individuals should use caution or only travel when needed.

Level three, or a red travel advisory in Indiana, means all roads in that area are closed to non-emergency personnel. Drivers out for non-emergency reasons could be arrested or cited.

Cities typically issue snow emergencies themselves in addition to counties, based on the specific needs of the neighborhoods in those areas.

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