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Monday, January 26, 2004

A storm that pushed into Indiana from the south on Sunday brought strong winds and a mix of freezing rain, sleet and up to a half-foot of snow to downstate areas, with lighter snowfall over the north and central counties.

Dale Walker, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Resource Specialist in Clay County, reported 2 1/2 inches of snowfall here.

The storm left many southern Indiana roads coated with ice, although the Indiana State Police reported no major accidents as of Sunday afternoon. Conditions improved Sunday night.

Clay Community Schools and many other area school corporations closed today due to the heavy snow and roads that were left wet and slick in spots. City streets were snow-covered but passable this morning in Brazil.

In Clay County roads were snow covered, slick and hazardous even though road crews worked throughout the night. Motorists apparently drove cautiously. There were no reported accidents in the City of Brazil and just a few slide-offs were reported in the county with no injuries.

Meanwhile, Clay County is under a winter weather advisory and a forecast of an additional 3-5 inches of snow possible Tuesday.

On Sunday, officials in Spencer, Perry and Crawford counties, just north of the Ohio River, declared a state of emergency, advising people to stay off the roads unless they had an emergency.

Roger Parr of the state Department of Transportation's Tell City office said two of his trucks slid off the road and turned on their sides, and one truck flipped completely over.

As word spread about the accidents, Spencer County officials decided not to even try sending their county's six snow trucks out, Road Superintendent Chuck Painter said.

Vectren Corp. reported scattered electrical outages in the Evansville area left about 1,000 customers without power. Those outages were blamed on winds that gusted as high as 30 mph as much as the ice.

The cities of Bloomington and Columbus received snowfall approaching a half-foot, with lighter totals in other areas.

The Indianapolis area, which had received just 6 inches of snow so far this winter, received about 3 inches as well as high winds. Some areas of northern Indiana received a few inches of snow.

Temperatures across the state Sunday were mostly in the teens and 20s.

Linda Messmer and Frank Phillips contributed to this report.



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