MUNCIE, Indiana — Delaware County was under a yellow travel advisory Wednesday morning as a storm moved through east-central Indiana and is expected to leave about 5 inches of snow.
The Delaware County Emergency Management Department reported roads were becoming slippery early Wednesday.
The yellow level is the lowest level of local travel advisory, urging drivers to ‘take enough time and drive with caution’. According to a press release.
Gregory Melo, a meteorologist with the U.S. National Weather Service, said the storm is expected to bring about five inches of snow to Delaware County before rainfall tapers off in mid-afternoon. In areas south of Route 70, warm air from the south can turn snow into rain.
Delaware County emergency dispatchers said at 7:30 a.m. that they have only dealt with a handful of weather-related traffic accidents, with no reports involving serious injuries.
Delaware County Highway Superintendent Tommy Humbert reported plowing was going well at 11:30 a.m.
“It’s really heavy snow,” Humbert said, adding that it helped reduce wind drift. “If this was gunpowder, this county would be closed now.”
Within the county, 13 large trucks were clearing snow, and 3 smaller trucks with blades were cleaning main thoroughfares and secondary roads throughout the county. Humbert said the plow crew was working his 12-hour shift this year and was on duty at 3 a.m. Wednesday.Another shift was to report at 3pm
Humbert said 15 large plow trucks will be working on county roads by Wednesday night.
He said another factor working in the road crew’s favor is that temperatures have stayed around the mid-30s so that the ice is less of an issue. Had it been colder, the situation would have been much worse.
A vehicle struck a utility pole near Delta High School on State Route 28, temporarily closing the state highway until repairs were completed. Power outages were also reported in parts of the area.
Muncie Police Chief Nate Sloan and Delaware County Sheriff’s Department Chief of Staff Jeff Stanley reported few major weather-related problems as of late Wednesday morning.
Several local school systems, including Muncie Community School, were closed Wednesday due to snowfall. MCS students have an e-learning day.
Snow showers are expected to continue intermittently over the next several days starting tonight with about an inch of additional snow cover, Melo said.