Snow Emergency Level breakdown ahead of winter storm

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MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – The Miami Valley is under a winter storm watch, with Miami County at a 60% chance of receiving four or more inches of snow on Saturday.

If a Level One Snow Emergency is issued by Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak, he said this means roadways are hazardous and you should use caution while driving.

Duchak said he is in constant communication with the county engineer and deputies to determine if it should classify as a level two, as well as by monitoring emergency calls.

If he determines it should become a Level Two Snow Emergency, he encouraged employees to talk with their boss to make the best decision about if they should come to work, but assured that no deputies will cite or charge people if they are going to or from work, or any other legitimate reason to be on the roads.

If a Level Three Snow Emergency is issued, this means road conditions are extremely poor and should only be utilized by emergency personnel. 

Duchak said no one should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary, but employees should still contact their employers to find out if they should report to work.

Duchak said he does not foresee declaring a Level Three unless it is so treacherous, roads pose a public safety danger, but said any updates will be posted on their social media accounts.

Finally, Duchak said his best advice is for residents to use common sense and if they have any hesitation, to stay off the roads.

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