Snow Looks Nice, But Not Friendly To Traffic
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Road conditions are getting worse before they get better in many parts of the tri-state.
The National Weather Service is calling for up to two inches of snow by Friday afternoon. About 3.5 inches of accumulation was seen in Batesville as of 9:00 a.m. Milan had three inches.
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Indiana State Police at the Versailles District report that roads are snow covered, slick and hazardous.
“Indiana State Police are urging citizens to avoid unnecessary travel until the line of snow showers pass and highway crews are able to make the road safer for travel,” said ISP Sgt. Noel Houze.
Slide-offs were being reported on I-74, where some motorists report safe speeds of only 25 MPH. Franklin County is on an orange, or level 2, travel watch, which means only necessary travel is allowed.
As often happens in such winter weather, police closed the State Road 48 hill at U.S. 50 in Lawrenceburg. Authorities were trying to determine an alternate route for emergency vehicles to access Dearborn County Hospital, if neccessary.
Boone County, Southwest Local, and Three Rivers Local schools were all cancelling afternoon kindergarten. Boone County Schools have opted to hold morning kindergarteners until the regular elementary school dismissal time. Many evening school and other activities have been cancelled.
Indiana State Police requests that citizens not call state, county, and local law enforcement dispatch centers for road and weather updates. These lines must be kept open and available for other law enforcement related calls.
There are several different ways citizens can receive up-to-date road and weather information such as tuning into their favorite radio station or TV news station, calling the statewide road and weather line at 800-261-7623, or visit the Indiana Department of Transportation website at www.trafficwise.in.gov.