Snow leads to closings, slide-offs, mishaps

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Daven Shelton of Jasper, 13, made a snow angel after sledding with Mason Cullison of Jasper, 13, at Buffalo Trace Golf Course in Jasper on Friday. It was Shelton’s first time sledding. “I liked going down at least, not going back up,” said Shelton. All Dubois, Spencer, and Pike County schools were closed Friday and today. For more snow photos, click here.


Reports of fresh slide-off accidents arrived this morning, accompanying new rounds of snow expected to bring additional light accumulations to the area through Tuesday morning.

Dubois County received 3 to 4 inches of snow during the day Friday on top of freezing rain and sleet that had fallen in the early morning hours.

Sgt. Stuart Wilson with the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department said this winter’s first snow event resulted in deputies working eight vehicle mishaps Friday that were either no-damage slide-offs or minimal-damage crashes.

The sheriff’s department’s accident/slide-off total for the entire weekend was 15 mishaps, which was about an average number of accidents for a weekend where secondary roadways were largely snow- and ice-covered, according to Wilson.

All told, call logs indicate there were a dozen reports of disabled or stranded vehicles within or just outside of Dubois County throughout the weekend. There were also about two dozen reported mishaps, 11 reports of weather-related damage or problems and four calls where police and EMTs ventured out to check on the welfare of individuals.

Mike Crow, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office at Louisville, said Dubois County could get as much as 2 additional inches of snow through Tuesday morning “tapering off somewhat to flurries overnight.”

After today’s first dusting, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to slide-offs on Schnellville Road and Steinbottom Road and there were reports of semi rigs jackknifing on I-64 at a Ferdinand ramp and on West 12th Street in Huntingburg.

The new snow coupled with gusty winds and bitter cold temperatures could impact Tuesday morning’s commutes. Tonight’s low is forecast to be 2 degrees with a high of 13 degrees Tuesday.

Dubois County Highway Department Superintendent Steve Berg was directing trucks this morning that were delivering additional sand and rock for the county’s road crews. Supplies of those materials were all but gone when county spreader trucks were parked on Saturday night.

“It was pretty tough Friday and Saturday,” Berg said. “Now we’re at it again here this morning trying to get a lot of (county roads) open.”

The extended forecast predicts the mercury could rise above freezing Friday, when the high could reach 40 degrees.

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