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More snow expected, but county prepared

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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Pete Foster
According to WTWO News Channel 2 morning weather person Alexis King, the area should expect at least another 2-4 inches of snow as the current wintry system slides through.

"It depends on how it rolls through," King added.

Although the National Weather Service in Indianapolis called for periods of snow through Thursday, King said she believes the current system should be out of the area by Wednesday afternoon.

King said 4-6 inches of snow could be on the ground, however, after the system goes through.

She said another system will head through the area beginning Thursday and Clay County residents can expect cold temperatures through the weekend. However, she doesn't anticipate any snow with that system.

King said areas south of Clay County could see up to 8 inches of snow, however.

"We're sort of to the north of where the storm is converging," she said.

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis issued a winter storm warning for Clay County and surrounding counties that will remain in effect until noon today.

The service called for periods of snow Tuesday with snow accumulation of 1-2 inches. The temperature was expected to reach the mid 20s and the chance of snow was 90 percent.

The service called for approximately an additional 2 inches of snow Tuesday evening with an anticipated low of 16 degrees.

However, the Clay County Highway Department has been ready for this level of snowfall to come through the area.

"We had our salt/sand mix prepared and we have enough to where we should be in good shape," Clay County Highway Superintendent Pete Foster told The Brazil Times.

Foster added while snow is falling, it makes the effort of the department almost null.

"We can't salt the roads during snowfalls because it gets covered up," he said. "It ends up being a waste of time and resources. However, we do try to at least get sand down in some of the dangerous areas and intersections to help with traction."

Foster told The Brazil Times plowing is also not efficient during snowfall, but they will plow under certain conditions.

"Unless there are blizzard conditions with the heavy winds, plowing really does no good," he said. "But we do try to at least keep the main roads and bus routes passable, if we can."

Although the area could see a high amount of snowfall, Foster said things could be worse.

"It's a good thing it is just snow this time and not ice," he said.

For information on road conditions in the area and throughout the state, log on to www.in.gov/isp/2332.htm.



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