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Several counties remain under Level 3 Snow Emergencies today, and hundreds of area schools and businesses are closed. 

The National Weather Service in Toledo reports 13" of snow fell with this latest storm. That is the largest total in at least five years. 

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Lucas County moved to a Level Three at 3:50 AM Tuesday morning.

The City of Toledo says over 100 plows were out on city streets Monday morning.

Sheriff Tharp says motorists should continue to stay off the roads unless excesses.

"Unless it is a place of employment like a hospital, police, fire, you aren't supposed to be on the highway," he says.

In Wood County, Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn says blowing and drifting snow forced the county to  go to a Level 3 emergency.

I will be re-evaluating constantly but if the wind dies down, we'll lift the Level 3.  I'll monitor what your meteorologists are saying, the county garage, my EMA director and what the road deputies are saying," Sheriff Wasylyshyn says.  

In Henry County, Sheriff Mike Bodenbender says the wind the biggest issue.

"The wind out here is brutal Snow plows are going through and within a half hour, the roads are drifting shut again," he says. "Hunker down and hang on. Let these guys do their jobs out there.

A Level 3 Snow Emergency means all roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel.

Employees should contact their employers to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on roads without cause may be subject to arrest.

Lenawee County Sheriff Jack Welch says, although Michigan does not have an emergency alert system like Ohio, it is still just as dangerous to be out on the roads.

"We do not have the same levels in Michigan that you do in Ohio, but roads are icy," he says. "We are urging people who do not have to be out to please stay home."

Welch says he is most concerned about potential power outages due to high winds.

City of Toledo employees not involved in essential services were told to stay home Monday. Mayor Collins cautions there might be some delays when attempting to contact the City.

"My concern boils down to safety of people," he says. "I want to make sure people are as safe as possible."

He says the city's decision to announce a Level 3 emergency in advance was the right thing to do.

"We were the only county that did this. This was the right direction to go.  We got a jump start on it.  We went to work on it.  The crews have spent the whole night. There's no way to explain the dedication and commitment.  We've had 21 inches of snow in a period of less than seven days."

Lucas, Wood, more under Level 3 Snow Emergencies
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