Latest snow fell short of expectations
Monday, March 03, 2014 10:00 AM
Sunday's snowstorm, which residents hope will be the last of the season, resulted in slick roads covered in snow and ice this morning.
Ice coats a tree branch in downtown Madison on Sunday. (Staff photos by Mark Campbell)
The late winter storm brought only about 2 inches of snow and a quarter-inch of ice, significantly less than was originally forecast for the Courierarea.
Still, churches canceled services on Sunday and local schools, including Hanover College, were closed today.
The local forecast calls for cold temperatures until the end of the week. Tuesday's wind chill reading could dip to 2 below zero.
The storm dumped more than 9 inches of snow in Indiana near Lake Michigan. Fourteen counties in northwestern and southern Indiana posted travel watches Sunday recommending only essential travel.
They included Bartholomew County, where an Indiana State Police trooper was injured investigating a crash on Interstate 65 about 30 miles south of Indianapolis that was believed to be weather-related, Sgt. Noel Houze said.
Jefferson County is listed under a travel watch, meaning only essential travel - to and from work or emergency situations - is recommended.
Westbound lanes of Interstate 64 near Evansville were temporarily blocked Sunday morning after a semitrailer rolled over on slick pavement, Sgt. Todd Ringle said.
"Things are improving down here," Ringle said Sunday afternoon.
The storm left behind 9.3 inches of snow at Indiana Dunes State Park along Lake Michigan in Porter County, the weather service said, and Fort Wayne received a record snowfall for the date of 4 inches.
Generally, however, the storm produced less snow and ice in Indiana than had been forecast.
About 4 inches of snow also fell in Peru and Huntington, about 3.5 inches in Lafayette and 2 inches in Indianapolis' northern suburbs. Indianapolis received 1.7 inches.
Despite sleet and freezing rain in southern Indiana, Duke Energy reported no power outages early this morning in Jefferson or Switzerland counties.
The only power outage Sunday was reported by Vectren east of Evansville and affecting 67 customers. Duke earlier reported several similar minor outages in southern Indiana.
Most of Kentucky was under a winter storm warning Sunday, with the southwestern part of the state facing an ice storm warning. Parts of the state could receive up to 8 inches of sleet and snow through today, with temperatures hitting lows in the single digits tonight, according to the National Weather Service. The state activated its emergency operations center Sunday afternoon.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said ice had collected on trees and vehicles, and some tree limbs started to sag under the weight. Falling tree limbs could hit power lines, causing them to break.
In Louisville, dozens of flights were canceled. More than 2,000 flights in the United States were canceled more than 200 were delayed early Monday, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.com. The bulk of the problems were at airports in Washington, New York and Philadelphia. There are more than 30,000 flights in the United States on a typical day.