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Lucas Co. returns to Level 3 Emergency

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The Lucas County Sheriff says the county went under a Level 3 Snow Emergency at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night. He said the level will be re-evaluated early Wednesday morning.

"We're really concerned about people getting hurt," Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp told 13abc.

The move also means the roads will be less congested, giving city plows more room to get the snow off the pavement.

"The level 3 is meant to get those roadways passable," Mayor D. Michael Collins said.

At 5:30 a.m. Wednesday the county changed the level to a Level 2 Snow Emergency.

"We're prepared and ready to go," Dave Welch with the Department of Public Utilities said.  "The salt barns are filled, the calcium chloride is filled, they're ready to go."

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the entire viewing area, except Lenawee and Monroe counties, where a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect.

The advisories and warnings are in effect through Wednesday.

More than 6" of snow is expected for the majority of the viewing area with winds out of the northeast at 10-20 mph with wind gusts near 30 mph. 

 

Snow Emergency Definitions:

LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. 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. Motorists should use extreme caution.

LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving 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.

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