ANDERSON — Cold weather is still a factor almost halfway through March in Madison County as another round of snow swept through Wednesday.
Perhaps more troublesome than the snow was the sleet, wind and freezing temperatures that came with the snow. As many as 1,300 residents were without power in Madison County on Wednesday as wind and ice played havoc on power lines. Most of the power was restored by the afternoon.
The biggest power loss was in Frankton where the local high school and elementary school lost power in the morning. Although the power was restored by mid-morning, the power was not on by 8:20 a.m. the cutoff for a decision. All other schools in the Frankton-Lapel Community Schools district had classes as scheduled.
The road conditions weren't bad Wednesday morning but they worsened as the day went on, especially in the northern part of the county. Trina Pulley, a secretary at Madison-Grant High School, confirmed the schools closed early due to the ongoing snow. All students were out of school by 1:15 p.m.
"They decided to leave early because of the deteriorating road conditions," Pulley said.
There were also several accidents throughout the afternoon. The Madison County Emergency Management Agency responded to crashes on Indiana 28 near Alexandria and on Indiana 38 west of Pendleton. EMA closed Ind. 28 while crews were on the scene.
Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson reported the dispatch center took 16 calls from early Wednesday morning to Wednesday afternoon when the weather was at its worst. Eight of the accidents were motorists needing help with slide-offs. Another seven were property damage accidents with no injuries. Richardson said only one accident involved a personal injury.
Overall, Anderson recorded 2.2 inches of snow on Wednesday, a total which is not close to what the area has seen this winter. Accumulation was at a minimum, which may have helped with the low number of accidents.
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