The first substantial snowfall of the season blanketed Rush County Wednesday and resulted in several minor accidents
Although many were wishing for a white Christmas, snow arrived locally a day late.
Early Wednesday morning snow began falling. A few hours later county officials declared a level 3 warning for residents, warning of diminishing driving conditions.
A couple hours later, near 10 a.m., officials upgraded to a level 2 warning, limiting travel on county roads to essential travel and emergency vehicles with personal vehicle use only and for travel to and from work.
As the snow showers moved eastward into Ohio and the winds subsided Wednesday evening the blizzard warning was canceled and the county-wide travel advisory was downgraded to a level 3 watch Thursday at 10 a.m.
The level currently in effect states that travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of hazardous conditions and citizens should use caution.
Additional snow is in the forecast for the weekend although only minor accumulation is expected.
Wednesday’s storm resulted in many local businesses remaining closed for the day and kept law enforcement personnel busy responding to numerous slide-off and property damage accidents.
Once the blowing wind and snowfall diminished, residents began the process of digging out. Those efforts continued Thursday, as employees began returning to their places of employment.
Rush County residents are encouraged to visit www.rushcounty.in.gov. A statewide map of advisory levels is available there.
Visitors to the site can click on Rush County Travel Status Map and the most current IDHS travel map will be displayed.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106