Jan 5, 2014 - Blade story
With predictions of heavy snow and bitter cold in the forecast, officials announced today that they will enact the highest snow emergency for Lucas County beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The Level 3 warning means only emergency vehicles should be on the roadways.
The announcement, which was issued through Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins, was decided during a meeting of emergency responders at the city's Streets, Bridges, and Harbors building at noon.
That's different. I don't think that I've ever seen a snow emergency level issued in advance of the weather, especially one as high as level 3.
This will catch some people off-guard, since today's weather conditions are probably more benign than expected. This afternoon's temps remain around 32 to 33 degrees. Some of this morning's snow has melted. The light snow that began again around Noon is obviously wet. Total snow accumulation thus far is maybe 1.5 inches as of 2:00 p.m., Jan 5. The wind is light to calm.
The snow, however, is still forecast to get heavy later today, dumping several inches on the Toledo area by Monday morning. It will get windy late tonight, although not as cold overnight as originally expected. 5 to 10 above instead of zero. So conditions late tonight and Monday morning should be a bit tough.
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.