By FRANK PHILLIPS
Amazingly, almost like clockwork, the snow arrived on schedule Thursday. At around 1 p.m. it began snowing outside The Brazil Times offices. By 2 p.m. the ground was covered and by 4 p.m., there was at least 2 inches on the ground in Brazil.
The snow continued falling after dark until the area received 6-8 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm led to area schools being put on a two-hour delay at first and then closed before 5 a.m. Friday.
"The factors that led to the decision to close schools today were the poor road conditions and the blowing and drifting snow," Clay Community Schools Superintendent Bill Schad told The Brazil Times Friday morning.
The area was under a Blowing Snow Advisory until noon, Friday.
"Winds will gust from 20 to near 30 miles an hour during the morning," said the National Weather Service. "This will cause the 6 to 8 inches of snow that fell to blow and drift. The most significant problems will be on north south roads especially in rural areas. The winds will decrease by noon to 10 to 15 miles an hour.
"Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities...and use caution while driving. Allow extra time to reach your destination and extra distance to stop.
"A Blowing Snow Advisory means that visibilities will be limited due to strong winds blowing snow around. Use caution when traveling...especially in open areas."
While the dry snow drifted, road crews worked through the night. At 5 a.m., the main arteries of U.S. 40 and S.R. 59 were open. At least some county roads and city streets were passable, though snow-covered and icy.
On Thursday night, Mayor Tom Arthur declared a Snow Emergency for the City of Brazil.
"Residents are asked to remove automobiles from city streets," the declaration stated. "Crews will begin plowing streets around 11:30 p.m. this evening."
For up-to-the-minute weather information, log on to http://www.thebraziltimes.com and scroll down to The Weather Channel logo at the bottom of the page. Click on the link for Clay County information.