First snow of season arrives with arctic blastNovember 12, 2019
By BILL POWELL
Winter arrived Monday evening with snow pushed on a blast of arctic air. Treacherous road conditions that resulted in slideoffs coupled with morning wind chills in the single digits resulted in Dubois County schools being closed today.
It was a record cold start to brrrr season.
The mercury dipped to 12 degrees at 7 a.m. today and the wind chill was -2 degrees at 8:56 a.m., according to the National Weather Service’s observation site at the Huntingburg Airport.
Jasper weather records dating to the mid-1950s place 1960 with the next lowest November temperatures: 15 degrees on Nov. 11, 1960, and 19 degrees on Nov. 12, 1960.
In Ferdinand, a slick section of Industrial Park Road on the town’s south side was closed for about an hour early today until it could be treated in the wake of a three-vehicle accident, according to Ferdinand Police Chief Lloyd Froman. The town’s weather gauge measured the snow at 1 inch.
Jasper Street Commissioner Jeff Theising, who measured the snow at 1.5 inches in the grass at his complex, said only about a half-inch of snow collected on roadways. His department had five big trucks treating primary streets.
Today’s early-November snow depth was edged by the 2 inches of snow recorded in Jasper Nov. 3, 1966. The snowiest November day of all time was the 9 inches in Jasper recorded Nov. 28, 1958.
Dubois County Highway Superintendent Steve Berg had trucks spreading material by 6:30 p.m. Monday, right before the rain-to-snow changeover. That did not stop an overnight refreeze from creating slick spots, he said.
Highs today were to be in the 20s, about 35 degrees below normal, according to the National Weather Service in Louisville.
This year’s first snow just edged out 2018’s initial dusting, which was recorded as 1 inch of snow in Jasper on Nov. 15, 2018.
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