WAYNE COUNTY, OH, Feb. 3, 2022 — Due to inclement weather, Wayne County Government Offices will be operating on the following schedule, please check back for updates as they become available.
UPDATE at 8:30 a.m. on 2/4/2022:
- The Commissioners’ Office will be operating remotely.
- OSU Extension will be operating remotely.
- Treasurer's Office will be closed.
- Job and Family Services will be operating remotely.
- Map Office will be operating remotely.
- Board of Elections will be closed.
- Recorder's Office will be closed.
- Auditor's Office will be closed.
- Building Code will be closed.
- Sewer and Water facilities staff will be operating.
- Child Support Office will be closed.
- Common Pleas, Juvenile, Probate, and Domestic Relations Court will be closed.
- Children's Services building closed, staff working remotely.
- Municipal Court is closed.
- Health Department Offices are closed.
- Planning Dept. is working remotely.
- Title Office will be closed (plans to be open Saturday).
- Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be closed (plans to be open Saturday).
- Public Defender Office is closed.
UPDATE at 3:16 p.m. on 2/3/2022:
- Wayne County Sheriff has issued a Level 2 Snow Alert. Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.
UPDATE at 9:05 a.m. on 2/3/2022:
- The Wayne County Administration Building is closed.
- Child Support Office is working remotely.
UPDATE 6:58 a.m.
- The Commissioners’ Office will be conducting business remotely.
- Child Support Office will be open.
- Auditor's Office is closed.
- Treasurer's office is closed.
- Recorder’s Office is closed.
- Bureau of Motor Vehicles is closed.
- CSEA is open with limited staff in office, some staff working remotely.
- Building Department is closed.
- Convention and Visitors Bureau is closed.
- Board of Elections is closed.
- Municipal Court is closed.
- Health Department is closed.
- OSU Extension is working remotely and answering phones.
- Map Office is closed.
- Title Office is closed
The list will be updated as the weather situation warrants it.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Northern Ohio beginning on Feb. 2 and ending on Feb. 4.
From the NWS:
An amplified upper-level trough will power a dangerous winter storm across the central and northeastern parts of the country over the next couple of days. This winter storm will bring a variety of winter weather hazards, including heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain. The system will be prolonged with several rounds of winter weather lasting through Thursday for portions of the central U.S. before shifting to the interior Northeast.
The Salvation Army in Wooster has opened the warming shelter at 437 S. Market Street, Wooster. No appointment is necessary for those seeking shelter.
For immediate, non-emergency needs, questions, concerns, or reports contact the United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties (UWWHC) WHIRE number, 330.263.6363. It will be answered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and after-hour messages will be monitored and responded to as severity dictates. The UWWHC will be working closely with the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency (WCEMA) and the Holmes County Emergency Management Agency (HCEMA). For an emergency, dial 911.
To keep informed of the latest developments, sign up for the Wayne County Notification Service to get the latest information sent directly to your cell phone. The service is free of charge, but data rates may be charged by phone carriers. Follow this link to register: www.waynecountynotify.org.
Other useful links:
- WCEMA on Facebook
- UWWHC on Facebook
- Wayne County Sheriff’s Office
- Salvation Army Wooster on Facebook
WCEMA Director Joe Villegas offered the following preparedness tips:
- Make sure that all electronic devices and battery back-ups are fully charged
- Have spare batteries on-hand
- Have enough prescription medication available
- Fill automobile gas tanks
According to Villegas, he has been contacted by area villages and cities and road crews are standing by and ready to go when needed. Andy Jones, Assistant Engineer at the Wayne County Engineers Office echoed Villegas, “We have all crews on standby and we are waiting to see how the weather situation develops,” he said. “Everything, right now, seems dependent on the high-pressure system, to determine if ice will form. We monitor the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) ground temperature readings in real-time throughout the state, so we can get an idea of what is happening and react accordingly.”
Wayne County Road Crews:
- Have 23 trucks filled and ready to go
- Are making preparations for 12-hour shifts
- Are scheduling additional shifts, if necessary
- Have 38 drivers available and ready to go
- Maintain 1,000 lane miles of roadway
- Will react to the ice by adding grit (coarse sand) to the road salt
- Have 3,000 lbs. of salt available
Sheriff Travis Hutchinson will be monitoring road conditions and will issue the appropriate levels throughout the night and early morning hours. As always, if traveling, please allow extra time and give road crews extra distance. Many businesses and agencies are making alternative plans due to the weather, please call ahead to confirm appointments.