Clay County Highway Department Supervisor Brad Stultz said snow removal across the county is "going slow" but progressing.
"We are getting ahead of it for the first time," Stultz said.
He added the county had crews in each township and on main roads crews were working to have at least one lane of traffic open for motorists. Also, Stultz said crews were hoping to put down a sand, salt and calcium chloride mixture on some main routes for traction control.
"It should begin to start melting some of (the snow)," Stultz said.
Despite the progress, Stultz said the department was still advising motorists to consider whether travel is necessary before heading out on Tuesday.
"We can continue to remove snow without slide offs and people in the way," Stultz said. "If (residents) don't have to travel, we advise they don't."
Stultz said crews were "running full time" over the last few days. All available plow trucks were on duty as well as heavy equipment. He added crews had to use back hoes to dig motorists out of some of the larger drifts. He said some drifts were up to 8-feet in some areas. In addition, with the heavy snow a number of trees were reported to have fallen and crews had to cut them up before continuing to plow streets.
Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said a fewer number of people were on the roads Tuesday and the winds died down which allowed for the county highway department to really "gain ground" on the roads.
"It is not drifting anymore," Heaton said.
He added that a number of county roads were "impassable" due to the snow drifts. The issue would be once a road was cleared it would drift close again shortly after.
Heaton said the sheriff's department received a number of calls of vehicles stranded in the snow and vehicle slide offs over the weekend. As the storm passed, he said efforts shifted to removing abandoned cars on roadways to allow county highway an opportunity to open roads up.
In addition, the storm caused a number of Hoosiers to be without power including some individuals throughout the county. Heaton said areas such as Bowling Green and Center Point reported loss of power.
As of 10:30 a.m., Monday morning, the Duke Energy website had reported 181 outages across the county. The website stated among the hardest hit areas in the state were Terre Haute, Kokomo, Bloomington, Martinsville, Greencastle, Avon, Carmel and Lafayette. Since then, according to the website, that number had been greatly reduced by Tuesday.