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White Christmas more than dream

Thursday, December 23, 2004

The view of Meridian Street in front of The Times building shows very little traffic, wind ripples in the snow and a flag at attention all attest to the storm that finally arrived in Brazil. Winds were expected to pick up, causing drifting snow later in the day. Frank Phillips photo

Four to eight inches of snow fell Thursday, night assuring all of Clay County a white Christmas. A winter storm predicted for Wednesday hit south of Brazil but the city received nothing more than a slight early morning dusting.

Mother Nature came back to share her wrath -- or joy, depending on your personal feelings -- with the northern part of Clay County.

Road conditions Thursday morning were snow-covered but reported passable, if drivers moved slowly, by county and city street department personnel.

Brazil Public Works Supervisor Ron Muncie said Thursday morning that one of the city's two snow plows had broken down but was expected to be quickly repaired. The other plow and two sand trucks were on city streets. Muncie said the roads were not slick at that time but the snow was very deep.

County Highway Supervisor Pete Foster said all seven plows and three graders with salt and sand were out. All county roads were heavily snow-covered but not impassable if drivers drove slowly and cautiously.

However, Foster said the wind was picking up causing 2-3-foot drifts and they expected road conditions to worsen.

A winter storm warning was canceled but the National Weather Service in Indianapolis issued a blowing snow advisory until 4 p.m. today. Gusting Northwest winds, up to 25 mph, are expected to cause blowing and drifting snow throughout the day which will make it difficult for highway workers to keep roads clear.

The Brazil City Police and Clay County Sheriff's Departments both said they had a relatively quiet night despite reports of slide-offs and a few vehicles getting stuck. There were no injuries reported.

No new precipitation is predicted but with temperatures expected to stay very cold through Christmas Day, a white Christmas will be more than a dream.

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