Yeah, just my article on the storm. It was pretty mild around here, by blizzard standards, although probably still in the top ten storms of the last 25-30 years. It seemed like we used to have one of these every couple of weeks, but the last several years most seem to have passed us by. I preferred it that way.
Also, some not dial-up friendly photos:
The drifting begins:
Snow blows across Albion's Courthouse square:
The Blizzard of 2011 may not have equaled ’78 for its impact in northeast
The storm steamrolled across nearly half the country last week, affecting well over a hundred million people with blizzard conditions in the north, an ice storm in the middle, and heavy thunderstorms in the south. Locally, most northern
At least twelve deaths were attributed to the storm’s effects, as it cut a swath over 2,000 miles long from
While the official snowfall in northeast
Although the Indiana Department of Transportation kept plows operating all through the night, they were unable to keep up, and at least one was put out of commission in a
Most county roads became impassable, and police fielded numerous reports of motorists stranded in drifts. Four wheel drive vehicles from fire departments and police agencies stayed busy helping stranded drivers.
The Noble County Commissioners issued a Level 2 Snow Emergency Tuesday, and Tuesday night upgraded it to a Level 1 Emergency, which bans all but emergency traffic on county roads. Despite that, in the first two days of February the Noble County Sheriff’s Department received 71 reports of disabled vehicles; 20 slide-offs; 9 accidents involving property damage; 2 roadway obstructions; and 2 requests for citizen assists.
Most tow truck drivers stopped coming out until after daybreak on Wednesday, when County and municipal plow crews started running and often had to have vehicles moved before they could continue. Plows at all levels of government stayed out all day Wednesday, and came out again early Thursday for another full day.
Many of the stranded drivers were people caught at work or other places who were trying to make it home. However, area police agencies issued a few warnings Wednesday to drivers who ventured out. The Snow Emergency was dropped back to Level 2 Wednesday night, and that was canceled Thursday evening.
Naturally, all area schools were closed, along with all Noble County Government offices, county libraries, and many other services and businesses.
Elsewhere in the state an INDOT snowplow was heavily damaged when it rolled over. An Albion snowplow backed into a parked vehicle on the north side of town, reportedly causing a small amount of damage, but other than that and the wrecked plow in LaGrange County, no serious plowing incidents were reported.
More than 80,000 customers went without power in
Although no injuries were reported in
An Indiana State Trooper had a similar experience elsewhere in the state when a vehicle slammed into his parked squad car while he was sitting in it, working on paperwork at an accident scene. Four police cars were reportedly hit by other drivers.
The National Weather Service confirmed that the
That gives the total official snowfall for this season to 32 inches, less than half the 81.2 inches in 1981-82 and a little more than half the amount from the infamous 1977-78 season. However, forecasters are quick to point out that there’s plenty of winter still to come – unless the Groundhog is right about spring being right around the corner.
Things were much, much worse in other areas. More than 20 inches of snow fell in
record, and a major interstate in