The Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s county travel statuses, which Wells County implements as needed.
The three stages of weather orders are advisory, watch and warning.
The lowest level of the local travel advisory, which means that the routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas.
This means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a “watch” local travel advisory, only essential travel such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies and other organizations.
The highest level of local travel advisory, which means that travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only. During a “warning” local travel advisory, individuals are directed to refrain from all travel, comply with necessary emergency measures, cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans and obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.
The provision exempting Bluffton and Ossian enables those two municipalities, which have their own snow-clearing services or units, to make decisions based on their own status at given times.
If city officials deem streets in Bluffton sufficiently cleared and conditions safe for use, the city may have traffic on its streets at times when this is not possible in rural areas. In fact, operations and services in the city may help serve the needs of snowed-impacted rural areas at various stages. The same for Ossian.
The county snow measure is based on authority under state law.