By Zach Osowski
The Herald Bulletin
---- — ANDERSON — A surprise snowstorm hit Madison County on Thursday causing several accidents on local roads and Interstate 69.
Anderson Police Department spokesman Joel Sandefur said police were called out to eight accidents from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. all on local roads. He said most of them were simply property damage accidents with one crash on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 38th Street resulting in a minor injury.
Forecasts were calling for some snow but not the amount the county got. The snow quickly piled up on the roads creating slick spots and wind created whiteout conditions in some areas.
Sandefur said people weren't expecting all the snow and were not ready to drive in icy conditions.
"Usually quick bursts like this surprise people," Sandefur said.
Sandefur said the number of calls for police Thursday rivaled the amount of calls APD got last week when Madison County got a foot of snow. He thought preparedness played a big factor in that number.
The number of slide-offs increased as the night went on leading to road closings. Indiana 28 was closed between Indiana 9 and County Road 200 West near Alexandria because of slide-offs and accidents.
Nearly 40 Duke Energy residents were without power after a car hit a utility pole in western Madison County south of Frankton. A Duke spokeswoman said she did not have any information on the status of the outage as of press time Thursday night. The power was restored by 5:30 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Indianapolis called for light snow for Thursday. Totals reached as high as 2.5 inches in Indiana. Exact snowfall data for Anderson was not immediately available but the city got several inches throughout the day.
NWS is calling for temperatures below normal for the next two weeks.
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