Ohio (WTRF) — Please be advised.

According to Chief Deputy James Zusack, Belmont County has been alerted to a Level 1 snow emergency.

According to Sheriff Charles Black, Monroe County has been elevated to a Level 2 snow emergency.

Here’s an explanation of the snow emergency levels:

In Ohio, there are three levels of Snow Emergency labeled, Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3.

Level 1

This is the lowest level and is issued when roadways become hazardous due to blowing and drifting snow. Under a Level 1 emergency roads may also be icy and drivers should use caution when traveling.

Level 2

This is more severe and is issued when the roads become hazardous enough that you should only drive if absolutely necessary. When a Level 2 emergency is issued, you should reach out to your employer to see if you should report to work. Otherwise, stay home.

Level 3

This is the most severe level. It is issued when the roads are so treacherous that they have been closed to all non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary or there is an emergency. If you absolutely must travel for work or other reasons, you could be pulled over and arrested.

These levels exist for a reason and are issued by law enforcement agencies for your protection. As a rule, you should try to avoid traveling on any roadways that haven’t been plowed and/or salted as you are at risk for an accident. The fewer drivers on the road, the safer it will be for safety personnel.

Stay tuned to 7News for further updates.