Massive snowstorm closes down county
A massive winter storm not only closed down Adams County, but much of the state of Indiana on Sunday. By the time the storm moved on late Sunday evening, nearly a foot of snow had fallen in most places, with the National Weather Service officials estimating 10-16 inches of snow across the state.
In addition, strong winds moved into the area, as predicted, causing wind chill factors at -30 and below for most of the night.
At Indianapolis, 11.5 inches of snow fell, becoming one of the top 15 snowfall amounts in history at the capital city.
Locally, snow began early on Sunday morning and increased in density all morning. By noon, heavy snow began to dump on the area and continued well into the evening.
National Weather Service officials in Fort Wayne reported 10-16 inches of snow across the entire area, with heaviest amounts especially just to the west of the city. NWS officials issued blizzard warnings for those areas late Sunday evening.
Late last night, Adams County EMA director John August said that Adams County had been placed under a “warning” status, the highest level of local travel advisories.
“If need be, this could permit only EMA workers alone to be on the road,” said August.
August said that warning status also gives special privileges to law enforcement to enact whatever restrictions or traffic patterns they feel are best under the circumstances.
Included in the action is the closure of all government offices and buildings for Monday. All county schools had been closed by early last evening. August said that private businesses have the right to determine whether or not they are going to continue to work through the emergency.
On Sunday evening, August said, county road plows had been placed at each fire station, allowing for their use in the case of emergencies.
The real culprit to deal with through the next couple of days is the cold. Temperatures today and tomorrow will struggle to get above -5 degrees with lows tonight expected to drop to record lows of -20, the lowest temperature in the local area in nearly four decades.
One bright light in all of this, says weather specialist Rick McCoy, is that temperatures are expected to recover rather quickly as the cold snap begins to wear out in the middle of the week.
McCoy said that the polar vortex, which has hovered above the Canadian border for nearly a month, is supposed to drift east to Greenland, allowing for a moderating trend, at least for a short time, to move into the area. One small price to pay for that could be another round of snow, probably light, on Wednesday evening.
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