PRINCETON — The National Weather Service predicts nine inches of snow for Gibson and neighboring counties through Wednesday morning, with a second significant winter storm possibly affecting the area sometime later Wednesday and Thursday.
The county was under a major winter storm warning, with blowing and drifting snow and bitter cold Monday, with NWS cautioning wind chill ranging from zero to 15 below zero due to north winds of 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 20 mph.
The snowfall prompted some several businesses to close early Monday. Local government offices were already closed for Presidents Day. By early afternoon, the streets were quiet in Princeton, as winds picked up and snow kept coming down.
Gibson County Commissioners canceled their scheduled Tuesday evening meeting, and County Attorney Jason Spindler said the Gibson County Courthouse is also closed Tuesday.
Local schools also canceled classes for Tuesday.
The winter storm prompted the City of Princeton to issue an alert notifying residents that trash collection was canceled due to the wather and landfill closure, pending further notification.
Princeton street crews were focusing on clearing emergency routes, which include Third and Fifth Avenues from Broadway to Deaconess Gibson General Hospital, Brumfield Avenue and its overpass, South Main Street and its overpass, Second Avenue from Broadway to McCarty Road and Spring Street from Broadway to Main Street.
Once those emergency routes are cleared, crews will focus on other primary and secondary streets with hills and dangerous curves, then all other secondary streets.
Princeton Mayor Greg Wright’s office asked residents to give crews plenty of space as they work to clear streets. “Also, the snow must be pushed off the roads, so we apologize in advance if we push snow in your drive,” he said. “Please stay home, and if you have to get out, drive slow and cautiously.”
Indiana Department of Transportation deployed more than 1,100 plow trucks to plow and treat 28,000 lane miles of interstates, U.S. routes and state roads with up to 200,000 tons of salt and 100,000 gallons of brine beginning Sunday night across the state.
INDOT appealed to motorists to stay home unless necessary, and to slow down and stay behind snowplows. “The road behind the plow will be the safest place to drive. Allow at least ten car lengths between your vehicle and snowplows or hopper spreaders,” the agency reported in a news release.
Due to extremely cold temperatures and sub-zero wind chills, salt will take longer to melt snow and ice. Blowing and drifting may also push snow back on to recently plowed routes.
INDOT advises keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle in case you’re stranded and keeping a cell phone charged in case you need to call for help.
Travel advisories, watches and warnings are issued by county emergency management agencies. To check the travel status in a given county, visit https://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/.
Print edition delivery delayed
Hazardous road conditions prevented delivery of the Tuesday print edition of The Daily Clarion from our printing plant. The Tuesday edition will be delivered when drivers can safely do so. The newspaper is also available in e-edition format and the paywall at www.pdclarion.com is lifted for online access, in the interim.