The Indianapolis division of the National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for Clay County from midnight Wednesday to 1 p.m., Friday.
Although the initial forecast was for an estimated accumulation of up to 1 inch, a look outside the nearest window will show more than that fell across the area.
Temperatures are expected to be much colder Thursday with highs around 6. Wind chill readings are expected to be 10-20 degrees below zero.
Thursday evening calls for clear skies but lows around 7.
Temperatures are expected to rise Friday with highs around 12. The National Weather Service called for temperatures to reach the upper 20s by Friday evening and into Saturday.
Although snow and cold temperatures arrived early Wednesday, officials at the Clay County Justice Center confirmed to The Brazil Times no serous injuries were reported in the several slide-off accidents reported to 911 dispatchers.
Considering the nasty weather as just another ordinary workday, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said the deputies and staff members were ready for whatever happens.
Late Wednesday afternoon, Clay Community School Corporation Supt. Dan Schroeder said several factors were taken into consideration before announcing the corporation would be on a two-hour delay today.
"There are still a few back roads that are slippery, but the main reason was the 10-20 degree below zero wind chill factors," Schroeder said. "Making the announcement early will allow parents to make plans."
The delay also allowed school bus drivers time to prepare their buses and county and city road crews to clear away any snow that may have drifted across the roads.
"We think it will warm up as daylight comes," Schroeder said, adding he didn't think school would be canceled. "We're keeping up with the reports by the National Weather Service."
The Clay County Highway Department was a buzz of activity throughout Wednesday. However, the snow was piling up faster than road crews could clear it away.
"Road crews have been out all day, but the snow has covered all the salt and sand we've put out," County Highway Garage Supervisor Pete Foster said in a telephone interview. "When the temperature drops to 15 degrees or lower, salt and sand doesn't really work anymore. We've treated intersections and hilly areas, but people really need to be aware of the conditions and adjust their driving."
Foster said the county road crews were sent home at 4 p.m., Wednesday, to let them get some rest, but they were expected back early this morning rested and ready to hit the roads around 5 a.m.
"The two-hour delay will give us some extra time to clear the roads before school buses start traveling," Foster said. "I just hope that people drive safely and take their time."