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Snow emergencies: What do the levels mean?

Published: Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 7:48 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:03 AM
By: Breaking News Staff

Sheriff’s offices and departments collaborate with county emergency managers to determine whether current conditions with the weather and roadways constitute issuing a snow emergency level.

As of 6 a.m:

  • Augalize: Advisory 1
  • Champaign: Level 1

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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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