The Herald Bulletin

March 24, 2013

Winter storm continues to pelt Madison County; many slide-offs reported

Several Madison County schools announce 2-hour delays

By Dani Palmer
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. —  Winter just doesn’t want to let go.

Wednesday may have been the first official day of spring, but temperatures aren’t expected to even hit the 50s by the end of the week.

And, while road crews were hoping the last snowfall would be the final one of the season, Madison County is once again being pelted by the white stuff.

As of 10 p.m. Sunday,  these area schoolshave two-hour delays Monday:

The National Weather Service predicted anywhere from 6 to 10 inches of snow to hit central Indiana by noon Monday, describing it as a “significant late season winter storm.”

“Starting tomorrow (Monday) is severe weather preparation week to get ready for spring storms,” said Todd Harmeson, spokesman for the Madison County Emergency Management Agency. “So it’s (the snow) very unusual.”

On Sunday afternoon, Harmeson said the agency was monitoring the situation and on standby. As the storm unfolded, he said, road crews would be sent out.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said its Greenfield District covering east central Indiana had 175 plow truck drivers on duty Sunday evening.

Many Indiana University basketball fans were expected to travel through the area after the Hoosiers’ NCAA tournament victory over Temple in Dayton, Ohio.

Indiana State Police had reported two slide-offs on Interstate 69 between 9 and 10 a.m. Sunday, but as the day wore on and the wintry mix began to fall, several others were called in.

As of 7:30 p.m., Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson said there had been six slide-offs in the county. Anderson also had a few.

No major injuries had been reported, though.

A truck hitting a light pole near U.S. 36 and Huntsville Road Sunday night caused a power outage.

According to the Duke Energy outage map, about 400 customers were without power.

Police, the Madison County Emergency Management Agency and Duke Energy were on scene around 10 p.m. Sunday.

At 10:20 p.m. Sunday, Indiana State Police issued this report:

Roads throughout the Pendleton District are snow covered as the district continues to receive heavy snow fall.

As residents prepare to head out for work Monday, Harmeson said they “definitely need to allow extra time” and exercise caution on the roadways.

The snow was forecast to continue through the afternoon with the heaviest snowfall expected to have hit overnight Sunday.

In addition to the possibility of heavy snow causing power outages, the National Weather Service said, wind gusts of 25 to 30 mph could cause drifting and make visibility difficult.

Roads were expected to be slick, and the snow was forecast to become more showery before ending Tuesday.

Motorists are urged to drive with caution as roads become slick and snow covered. Visibility was poor Sunday evening, according to reports. Among the slideoffs was a vehicle that went down a ravine off Raible Avenue.

According to the NWS, temperatures will warm up throughout the week, reaching into the 50s by Thursday.