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Weather forecasters were right! Major winter storm hits Wabash valley

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

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Snow swirls around parked school buses at the maintenance building Tuesday morning. Clay Community Schools were closed due to the drifting snowfall that made roads hazardous.



Caution was the word early this Tuesday morning. Drivers found travel slow-going after a heavy snow storm dumped its load on Clay County.

By 7 a.m., a few slide-offs had been reported, but no serious accidents had occurred.

"Nothing major, yet," said Sheriff Mike Heaton. "The county roads are snow-covered and hazardous."

A motorist reported a jack-knifed semi at the junction of I-70 and S.R. 59; however there were no injuries, according to scanner traffic. That accident occurred shortly after 6 a.m.

Winds of 20-25 mph were already drifting roads by 7 a.m., making snow removal difficult to impossible.

Terre Haute had more than five inches of snow by 7 a.m., reported WTHI-TV meteorologist David Wire. Snow was falling at the rate of 1-1 1/2 inches per hour, for the first three hours after the storm hit Indiana.

The worst of the storm was predicted to hit "from Terre Haute to Brazil and south to Bloomington," said WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, meteorologist Chuck Lofton around 4:45 a.m.

Just about all the schools in the area were closed, including Clay Community Schools.

Starting at 5 a.m., the City of Brazil had two snow plows working on streets, said Mayor Tom Arthur. The plan was to change crews and keep those plows on the streets until at least 8 p.m.

The city owns three snow plows, but one was out of commission.

One of the working plows had recently been repaired.

A spring mechanism that helps the plow to bounce instead of break when crossing manholes was defective and had to be replaced, the mayor said.

"Today's the real test" to see if the truck can do the job, he added.

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