The National Weather service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Athens County from 3AM to 1PM, Saturday, 3/17/2018.

  • WHAT – Freezing rain expected. Total ice accumulations up to one tenth of an inch are expected.
  • WHERE – Portions of southeast Ohio and northern West Virginia.
  • WHEN – From 3 AM to 1 PM Saturday.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS – The ice will result in difficult travel conditions. Plan for slippery road conditions early Saturday morning.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads. Slow down and use caution while driving. Additional information can be found at as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


Nelsonville pothole repairs, 3/15 to 3/20, E Canal St, Poplar St, Scott St, use alternate route, watch for stopped traffic

Nelso Pothole Repair

The City of Nelsonville announces that beginning on Thursday, March 15, 2018, McKee Paving will be repairing potholes on the following streets in Nelsonville;

    • Thursday, March 15 & Friday, March 16 – East Canal Street near Burger King.
    • Friday, March 16 & Monday, March 19 – Poplar Street, NO PARKING ON THE STREET
    • Monday, March 19 & Tuesday, March 20 – Scott Street, NO PARKING ON THE STREET


Please use an alternate route and watch for stopped traffic!

Athens Co LEVEL 2 SNOW EMERGENCY, roads hazardous, travel only if needed, use extreme caution!


March 8, 2018, 07:40 hours

Athens County is under a LEVEL 2 SNOW EMERGENCY.  Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.

Athens Co Outdoor Emergency Warning Siren TEST Nelsonville, The Plains, New Marshfield, 12noon Wed, 3/7/18

Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, with a one minute sounding of the sirens. Residents are asked not to call local emergency agencies inquiring why the sirens are sounding.

The outdoor warning siren system is normally tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 12:00 p.m. The monthly test will be cancelled if severe weather is threatening. If severe weather cancels the test it will be postponed until the next month. There are three conditions that result in the warning sirens being activated in Athens County.

  1. Severe Weather
    1. When the National Weather Service initiates a Tornado Warning for an area that includes areas of Athens County.
    2. When the National Weather Service initiates a Severe Thunderstorm Warning (winds 58+ mph, large hail, severe lightening, and heavy rains), for an area that includes areas of Athens County.
  2. When there is an actual enemy or terrorist attack against the United States has been detected and is threatening areas of Athens County and protective action should be taken immediately.
  3. When a public safety emergency occurs, the sirens will be used to alert the public of emergencies such as hazardous materials incidents and civil disturbances.

When the outdoor warning sirens are sounded for an emergency they will be activated for five minutes. When you hear the warning sirens you should do the following;

  1. DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 to ask why the sirens are sounding as this can overload the 9-1-1 emergency response system.
  2. Remember, outdoor warning sirens are just that, out-door warning. The sirens are meant to be heard outside to signal you to go indoors and tune your radio or television station to the local Emergency Alert System (EAS) Station. As homes continue to become more energy efficient and sound proofing enhanced, outdoor warning sirens that once could be heard decades ago inside of a home can no longer be heard. That’s why other means of warning are in place.
  3. Go immediately to a safe area in your home or building, if high winds, severe thunder, and lightning are present.
  4. If you are outside away from possible shelter, lie flat on the ground away from trees until the storm passes. If in a vehicle, get out and find a more substantial structure.
  5. Carry a battery-operated radio or NOAA all hazard alert radio to your safe area. You will know when the storm or emergency has passed and when it is clear to leave your safe area.
  6. The Athens County SIRENS DO NOT identify specific types of storms or emergencies; therefore, you should immediately seek shelter and tune to local television or radio for further information.