Reality Check: Snow emergency confusion - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama 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>>

  • The Latest: Official: 18 soldiers killed in west Afghanistan

    The Latest: Official: 18 soldiers killed in west Afghanistan

    Saturday, February 24 2018 1:15 AM EST2018-02-24 06:15:26 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 3:00 PM EST2018-02-24 20:00:43 GMT
    (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini). Security forces inspect the site of a suicide bombing in the diplomatic area of capital Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.  Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said several people were wounded in Saturday's a...(AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini). Security forces inspect the site of a suicide bombing in the diplomatic area of capital Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said several people were wounded in Saturday's a...

    Afghan official says at least three security personnel have been killed in separate suicide bombing attacks in southern Helmand province.

    More >>

    Afghan official says at least three security personnel have been killed in separate suicide bombing attacks in southern Helmand province.

    More >>
  • After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:35 AM EST2018-02-24 15:35:23 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 2:59 PM EST2018-02-24 19:59:27 GMT
    The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

    More >>

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

    More >>
  • GOP tax law leads to a tax hike, more revenue in some states

    GOP tax law leads to a tax hike, more revenue in some states

    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:15 AM EST2018-02-24 15:15:40 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 2:59 PM EST2018-02-24 19:59:10 GMT
    (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File). FILE- In this Feb. 19, 2018, file photo, Rep. Jean-Paul Coussan, R-Lafayette, left, speaks with Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma, on the opening day of the special legislative session in Baton Rouge, La. A tax overhaul is g...(AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File). FILE- In this Feb. 19, 2018, file photo, Rep. Jean-Paul Coussan, R-Lafayette, left, speaks with Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma, on the opening day of the special legislative session in Baton Rouge, La. A tax overhaul is g...
    The Republican tax overhaul is bringing most Americans lower income taxes but also is causing some state income taxes to rise, leading to extra revenue for state budgets.More >>
    The Republican tax overhaul is bringing most Americans lower income taxes but also is causing some state income taxes to rise, leading to extra revenue for state budgets.More >>
Powered by Frankly