Reality Check: Snow emergency confusion - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Reality Check: Snow emergency confusion

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

This winter is one for the books with some of the worst road conditions in recent memory.

Snow emergencies have been common this year. They've have been as confusing as they have been abundant with warning levels varying from state-to-state, county-to-county, and city-to-city on any given day.

Perhaps no single day better illustrates the complexity of the many snow emergency levels than January 25 when a major storm blanketed the Tri-state with snow and ice. In Campbell County, Ky. a "Level 2" snow emergency was declared while in nearby Fort Wright a snow emergency was issued, but with no number attached to it.

In Ohio, Brown, Butler, and Bracken Counties were all issued "Level 1" emergencies, but over in Ripley County in Indiana a "Level Orange" snow emergency was declared.

Why a color code in the Hoosier State when the numbers 1, 2, and 3 are used in Ohio and Kentucky?

In 2011, Indiana State lawmakers established a state-wide color code system administered by the Department of Homeland Security:

  • Yellow -Travelers urged to use caution.
  • Orange - Only essential travel recommended.
  • Red - Refrain from all travel, period.

In Ohio, local sheriffs makes the call. In Campbell County, it's William Turner, Director of Emergency Management. He tells FOX19 that his decision on what happens in Campbell County is based on what he sees in Campbell County and not based on snow emergencies declared in other neighboring areas.

Turner also says that he relies on the local news media to get snow emergency information out to the public as quickly as possible. 

The bottom line is this: The snow emergency can be confusing, but it's the system we have, and it's not going to change any time soon.

Sources: 

http://www.fox19.com/story/24546135/snow-emergecies-issued-throughout-the-tri-state

http://www.in.gov/ai/dhs/travel_advisory.pdf

http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Services/Pages/IceandSnowInformation.aspx

http://www.boonecountyky.org/pw/snow.aspx

Copyright 2014 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Car crashes into Tyler Chicken Express

    Driver crashes into Tyler Chicken Express

    Sunday, September 24 2017 12:09 AM EDT2017-09-24 04:09:08 GMT

    A car has crashed into a Chicken Express restaurant in Tyler. According to a Chicken Express employee, a car in the drive through line hit an outside wall causing external damage to the building. The store affected is located at 6363 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Tyler, TX 75703. Details are limited at this time. Stay with KLTV for updates. Copyright 2017 KLTV. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    A car has crashed into a Chicken Express restaurant in Tyler. According to a Chicken Express employee, a car in the drive through line hit an outside wall causing external damage to the building. The store affected is located at 6363 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Tyler, TX 75703. Details are limited at this time. Stay with KLTV for updates. Copyright 2017 KLTV. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • Week 4 Scores

    Week 4 Scores

    Saturday, September 23 2017 11:40 PM EDT2017-09-24 03:40:49 GMT

    Here are the schedules for Week 4. Find out who your team is playing.

    More >>

    Here are the schedules for Week 4. Find out who your team is playing.

    More >>
  • 1 dead, 3 injured in Longview crash

    1 dead, 3 injured in Longview crash

    Saturday, September 23 2017 9:30 PM EDT2017-09-24 01:30:10 GMT

            A horrible late night accident claims the life of a East Texas teenage girl, and sends several others to hospitals, some in critical condition.     Longview police say it happened around 8:30 Friday night as two vehicles collided in the 3-thousand block of north Eastman road just north of Hawkins parkway.   A 17 year old girl, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles, died as a result of her injuries.   Police s...

    More >>

    A horrible late night accident claims the life of a East Texas teenage girl, and sends several others to hospitals, some in critical condition. Longview police say it happened around 830 Friday night as two vehicles collided in the 3-thousand block of north Eastman road

    More >>
Powered by Frankly