I had to take a break shoveling. We have had officially 5.1" of snow here on the southside of Lafayette, although 6" totals are being found in many parts of Tippecanoe County including Battle Ground. I am not expecting any more accumulation with just a few leftover flurries this morning, but the roads are atrocious. Fifteen minute drives around the area are taking 45 minutes and some secondary roads look more like sledding hills with at least 4 inches of snow on the road. Reports to our south out of Clinton County are not good. If you get off the main arteries or state roads things are quite treacherous. It was certainly the right decision to close schools around the area. The last time we had this much snow in Lafayette was on February 1st of last year when we had 7.6 inches of snow, so it has been almost a year and we were certainly due.
The good news is blowing and drifting snow does not look like a big concern today with north to northwest winds remaining at 10 mph or less, but this could change late tonight and Thursday. I expect southwest winds to pick up to 10 to 20 mph causing some drifting problems on some north-south roads. The reason for this is we have a clipper coming our way but it looks like it will produce more wind than snow at this point. I will talk more about this tonight and here on the blog later. Here are some preliminary snowfall totals I have in and of course we will add pictures and finalize things by tonight's newscasts. My girls are excited with their snow day.
Preliminary Snowfall Totals:
Battle Ground 6.0"
Make sure you take frequent breaks shoveling. I can skip my run today because you exert way more energy than you think so be careful. More tidbits on the way and have a great day.