Emergency response personnel, ready for the arrival of the first real major blast of winter weather, had a relatively quiet weekend although there were slick roads and tricky driving conditions throughout the county.
Emergency 911 dispatchers at the Clay County Justice Center and dispatchers at the Brazil City Police Department told The Brazil Times they were surprised, yet grateful, about the small number of traffic problems reported by motorists within the county.
Dispatchers said there were approximately six minor accidents reported in the county, two in Brazil city limits and various slide offs that did not require emergency response.
The Indiana State Police notified The Times of only one single-vehicle accident that required emergency assistance within county limits.
Shortly before 10 a.m., Saturday, Morgan Vinzant, 24, Brazil, lost control of her Jeep after hitting an icy patch on the road and went into a ditch while traveling westbound on United States 40, near County Road 425 West.
TransCare took Vinzant, who is pregnant and was complaining of pain, to St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
Members of the Clay County Sheriff's and Posey Volunteer Fire departments assisted at the scene.
Officials credit local residents for being prepared for the ice and snow that arrived early Sunday morning for the low number of traffic mishaps.
"It's really that very first snow of the year where we have all the problems and accidents. People just forget how to drive in winter weather conditions," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said. "This time, motorists were ready for the weather."
The foul weather also had school officials traveling the roadways throughout the county, which led to Clay Community School Superintendent Dan Schroeder closing school on Monday.
With more snow and wind gusts of near 40 mph expected throughout today, school officials expect to be back out on the roads tonight and possibly early Tuesday morning.
"We will continue to reassess the situation," Director of Transportation Frank Misner said about the possibility of delaying or closing school again on Tuesday due to hazardous road and inclement weather conditions. "The safety of our students and staff is our priority."
Parents are urged to use the school corporation's website (www.clay.k12.in.us ) or check local media outlets (see sidebar) for the most up-to-date information about school closings.
For 24-hour, up-to-date information about the latest road conditions contact the Indiana State Police at 1-800-261-7623.