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February 4, 2014

County officials urge caution, enact travel advisory

ANDERSON, Ind. — The Madison County Emergency Management Agency placed the county on a travel advisory status amid the latest snowstorm to pummel the state on Tuesday night.

The advisory is the lowest level of local warnings, but places possible restrictions on routine travel or activities because of hazardous weather. The advisory also directs motorists to use caution and avoid dangerous roads.

The warning could also be enhanced by Wednesday morning. Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson said he encouraged people to stay inside and off the roads, if possible.

The sheriff said the roads were mostly clear of vehicles Tuesday night, but deputies were called out to assist with a tractor-semitrailer that slid off the road on Indiana 28, just east of Alexandria, at about 6 p.m. The semi was turned on its side when crews arrived, and had to be towed by a wrecker. Rescue crews closed the state road near the accident for at least two hours. Police scanner transmissions indicated at least three slide-offs from 1 to 7 p.m., but Richardson reported no other major accidents.

"The snow is coming down pretty good, and the roads are snow-covered and slick," Richardson said about 6:30 p.m.

At time of print on Tuesday night, the storm had already coated most of the county with about 1 or 2 inches of fresh snow after getting started at about 1 p.m. in some places. The National Weather Service predicted anywhere from 5 to 10 inches of snowfall throughout the county by 10 a.m. Wednesday, with reduced chances of snow after that.

The news doesn't improve as the week drags on.

According to the NWS, Wednesday's high is predicted to be 24 degrees, with heavy gusts of wind up to 22 mph blowing snow to the north. The nighttime low will plummet to zero, with wind chill factor expected to be as low as minus 11. Temperatures are expected to slowly rise through the week, climbing back up to 20 degrees by Saturday afternoon, with a 30 percent chance of more snow predicted that day.

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