The Washington Times-Herald

Local News

December 26, 2012

Officials: Stay off of roads until it clears

Blizzard warning called off, roads getting better

WASHINGTON — The bottom line in the face of today’s blizzard conditions is “if you don’t have to go out, don’t.”

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for most of the state, including Daviess and Martin counties, which will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Heavy snow and strong winds are causing white-out conditions and drifting, making travel treacherous. Travel is restricted to emergency personnel only during a blizzard warning.

“There was green grass at 3 a.m.,” said Daviess County Emergency Management Director Paul Goss. “Around 4 o’clock is when it started. There was zero visibility for a while.”

It didn’t take long for the snow to accumulate. The NWS expects it to continue throughout the day, with accumulations of 8 to 10 inches. The temperature was about 31 degress with a wind chill of 17 degrees Wednesday morning.

“Snow totals vary, but here I have 9 inches,” said Cher Elliott, spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Southwest District in Vincennes, at about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

A north wind of 28 mph, with gusts of up to 37 mph, is causing the snow to blow and decrease visibility as well as creating drifts. Goss said the conditions caused the northbound I-69 on-ramp at U.S. 50 to be closed.

“We’ve been out in full force since about four this morning,” Elliott said. “Snow has caused white-out conditions from time to time and there is very limited visibility. Cars have slid off several roadways. Don’t get out unless you have to.”

Goss said sheriff’s deputies are having to use four-wheel-drive vehicles to get through on county roads.

He said it’s a challenge getting emergency vehicles out to people, but so far there haven’t been a lot of emergency calls.

He said there were a number of early-morning slide-offs when some people tried to drive to work. Though Goss said he understands some people feel like they need to go to work, it’s just not safe and citizens are being asked to stay off the roads unless there’s an emergency.

Text Only
Local News
  • Colts' 'monster' now preparing to 'hunt' ANDERSON — There’s a different kind of buzz surrounding the Indianapolis Colts as they prepare to report for training camp today at Anderson University.Expectations have been high inside the locker room since Chuck Pagano arrived in January 2012 and

    July 23, 2014

  • Police Reports CITY REPORTS Tuesday 12:30 a.m. - Police were called to investigate the theft of a cell phone at 703 SW Fifth St. 4:14 a.m. - A resident reported someone got into a vehicle at 501 Lincoln St. ransacked it and left the front passenger door open. The o

    July 22, 2014

  • Music camp pic 1 Band season starts with music camp While a lot of high school students are finishing up the summer break, the members of the Washington High School Golden Pride Band are back in class and getting ready for the fall, by taking part in music camp. "We're excited," said Washington High S

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • B-R teachers union sue Madison, Board Members of the Barr-Reeve Classroom Teachers Association have filed charges of unfair labor practice (ULP) against Superintendent Travis Madison and the three elected members of the school board; Joe Cummings, Galen Graber and Scott Lottes. The docum

    July 22, 2014

  • Field day to educate livestock producers WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University-sponsored Indiana Beef Integrated Resource Management program will hold a field day to showcase the benefits of bringing water to livestock grazing paddocks.The field day will run 2-6 p.m. Aug. 21 at the M

    July 22, 2014

  • North Daviess School Board approves handbook revisions North Daviess Superintendent Robert Bell updated members of the school board Monday night about progress on the corporation buildings. Several projects have been taking place at the elementary and junior high/high school buildings over the summer. Be

    July 21, 2014

  • NWS - WT072214 - CampIlliana - NBS Accident claims life of Camp Illiana director A late Monday morning accident killed the director of Camp Illiana. The Daviess County Sheriff's Department reports that around 10:44 a.m. emergency crews were summoned the Camp Illiana, 727 E. 450 S. in southern Daviess County where David Ira-Mitch

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Tuesday's police report CITY REPORT Monday 6:51 a.m. – Chad Burrus, 10 W. Van Trees St., reported the theft of an iPod from his vehicle the night before. A report was made. 1:58 a.m. – A female caller reported an accident on Southeast Seventh Street. A car hit another park

    July 21, 2014

  • James Mulkey OTWELL — James Keith Mulkey, 76, died at 4:30 a.m. Monday at his residence. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Otwell, with Pastor Catherine Gallager officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery. Vis

    July 21, 2014

  • Calling all community leaders Purdue Extension and Daviess County Extension are joining forces to bring Leadership Daviess County to the area beginning in September. The Community Leadership Program will consist of 44 hours of interactive educational opportunities to help individ

    July 21, 2014