Snow, snow and more snow

Staff Writer

In downtown Plymouth we just measured the snow (at 3:30 p.m. Sunday).
It is still snowing and the wind has started to pick up. The winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service does not expire until 4 a.m.
Marshall County is under a travel "Watch" advisory.

Clyde Avery, Director of Marshall County Emergency Management says that the county uses a travel advisory system that mirrors the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's.
The system is designed to protect community members by providing a standardized format that can be used as a reference to make informed decisions during inclement weather which may impact their safety when traveling on county roads during certain conditions.
When weather conditions become unsafe and indicate travel be restricted, that decision is made by the Marshall County Commissioners based on information provided to them by the Marshall County Highway Department, Marshall County Sheriff's Department, and the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency regarding road conditions in the unincorporated areas of the county.
The Marshall County Commissioners do not make any decisions regarding the interstates and State Roads such as U.S. 30 and U.S. 31, State Roads 17, 10 and 331. They also do not make decisions regarding travel restrictions inside city or town corporate boundaries.
A Watch level travel advisory is issued when conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a watch, only essential travel, such as to and from work, or in emergency situations is recommended. Emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies and other organizations.
The highest level local travel advisory is a Warning which means travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only. During a warning, people are directed to refrain from traveling and comply with necessary emergency measures.
The public is directed to cooperate with public officials and disaster service forces executing emergency operation plans and obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.

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