The second winter storm of the season has hit the state of Indiana and has brought the coldest temperatures in years with it to our listening area.
Here in Dubois and surrounding counties, the storm began as rainfall with the temperatures being a bit warmer than across the rest of the state. The changeover to snow took place during the early evening hours once temperatures began to drop across our listening area.
Dubois County Emergency Management director Tammy Miller says there have been no real problems due to the storm reported as of this point. She says in spite of that, there are still several challenges as the cold temperatures stay in place and folks should be prepared:
Additionally, a state of emergency was declared last night in Perry County. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security says Daviess, Martin, Orange, Pike, and Perry counties are all under at least a travel advisory as of this morning. Daviess, Perry, and Pike counties are all under a travel watch.
The extremely cold temperatures will also be a challenge for street crews. Jasper street commissioner Raymie Eckerle says salting isn’t overly effective in temperatures this cold. He says the department also has to keep in mind that winter is far from over when determining how much salt to use:
Eckerle says his department will still attempt to pick up trash and recycling on its normal schedule today despite the weather. Now officials with Dubois County Dispatch say there were only 2 slide offs reported across the county overnight and 1 more was reported this morning. No injuries were reported from any of those slide offs, but officials say the driver involved in this morning’s slide off had to be extricated from his vehicle.
Meanwhile Indiana State Police have also been prepared for this storm. They say extra manpower will available as needed to patrol the major roadways to ensure stranded motorists will receive assistance as soon as possible and to respond to other weather related incidents.
Sgt. Phil Hensley is with the Indiana State Police Jasper Post. He says although roads are passable, people should still use caution:
Hensley says state police don’t expect any issues to crop up in spite of cold weather going forward this week. He says it will be important to get to people who might have problems as quickly as possible over the next few days.
Now citizens can keep up-to-date with the latest developments by monitoring the Indiana State Police on Facebook, Twitter and at www.nixle.com.
The cold weather will stick around for the first part of the week. We will have more on what you can expect coming up during your local forecast later in this broadcast.