Winter Weather (Athens Youth Hockey Association | Athens Ohio | Bird Arena)

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In the event of inclement winter weather, AYHA activities at Bird Ice Arena may be cancelled due to road conditions.  Decisions to cancel activities are primarily based on the Athens County Sheriff's snow emergency level as well as the operational status of Ohio University.

 Level 1 Roads are icy and potentially hazardous.  Activities at Bird Ice Arena will likely continue as scheduled unless weather conditions are anticipated to worsen later that day.
 Level 2 Roads may be very icy and hazardous.  If weather conditions are forecast to improve, activities at Bird Ice Arena are likely to continue as scheduled.  If conditions are forecast to worsen later that day, activities will be cancelled.
 Level 3 Roads are closed except for emergency personnel, and all activities at Bird Ice Arena are cancelled.

The AYHA attempts to notify families at least 2 to 3 hours prior to the day's first activities at Bird Ice Arena through emails, texts, and contacts with coaches.  For Level 1 and Level 2 Snow Emergencies, families should use their best judgement when deciding whether to travel to Bird Ice Arena.  For example, in southeast Ohio during a Level 2 emergency, those families living near main roads that are cleared and treated first may have no significant challenges getting to Ohio University, while those on secondary and township roads may still find conditions to hazardous to travel. 

When traveling to other ice rink facilities outside of Athens, it is incumbent on families, coaches, and team managers to be aware of local weather conditions, forecasts, and road restrictions and how they may impact events at those rinks.

Updated 2023-05-29.