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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Snow continued to fall throughout Wednesday afternoon, making driving conditions hazardous. [Order this photo]
* Blizzard-like conditions smother Clay County

Don't you wish it fell Christmas Day?

On Wednesday, Clay Countians woke up to blizzard-like conditions.

David Wire
Residents had to battle the elements on their way to work. Some stayed home and others -- while on their way to work -- weren't as lucky.

A storm front passed through the Wabash Valley early Wednesday morning, dropping several inches of snow.

Along its path, it also created wind gusts of up to 35 mph.

Sheriff Mike Heaton
"I think this was what we expected," WTHI News 10 Meteorologist David Wire told The Brazil Times Wednesday afternoon. "This was one of those storms."

Wire said the southern portion of Clay County received much more snow. It was estimated Brazil received approximately 4-6 inches.

He added up to a foot of snow dropped in the Vincennes area.

"We knew the heavy bands would set up near here," Wire said. "We knew it was tracking this way."

Wire said the storm impact in the southern portion of the state was much more severe, including freezing rain and sleet.

On Christmas Day, the National Weather Service out of Indianapolis issued a Winter Storm Warning for a large portion of the station, including Clay County.

The storm called for 6-14 inches of snow, wind gusts of 35-40 mph and more. The warning remained in effect until 7 p.m., Wednesday evening.

The organization stated travel would be "difficult" and white out conditions were possible.

However, according to Clay County law enforcement officials, few slide offs and accidents took place.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said his department worked one accident along State Road 46 with personal injuries, but little else.

"It's been pretty calm," Heaton said. "With the holiday and a lot of businesses closed, there was less travel.

"With the snow still coming down, the county highway (department) and state highway (department) were doing the best they could to stay on top of it. It's still slick and hazardous. But it's been fairly quiet."

Brazil City Police Chief Clint McQueen told The Times city plows were out and about Wednesday clearing the streets. In addition, he said no crashes or slide offs were reported.

"We've been very fortunate," McQueen said. "Everybody's been driving very careful."

There were, however, several slide offs and accidents along Interstate-70 Wednesday.

Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Joe Watts told The Brazil Times there were approximately 35 slide offs along I-70 in addition to seven accidents, two of which took place in Clay County.

Watts said one woman was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital complaining of neck pain after her vehicle overturned and slid into the highway median. He said the lady was trapped underneath the contents in her vehicle after the rollover.

She had to be extricated from the vehicle through the windshield.

Watts also reported two more accidents in Putnam County and Vigo County and one in Morgan County.

He also said five sets of families had to be taken to various hotels along I-70 as a result of the accidents.

Wire said the snow might be in the valley for a while, as he expected daytime highs to be in the mid-30s through the rest of the week and overnight lows in the teens to low-20s.

"This snow does look to be on the ground for a while," he said.

Wire added another storm system appears to be headed this way and could reach the valley by Sunday.

"We may get a light snow fall," he said. "But it doesn't look to be a big snowmaker."

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