Commuters who ventured out Tuesday morning on the first day of spring were welcomed with a several-inch blanket of snow on top of icy Bartholomew County roadways.
Among 33 weather-related incidents during the morning commute between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m., 15 slide-offs were reported. Nearly as many property-damage accidents were reported during that span, as well as a few personal-injury accidents.
“Things have really slowed down,” said Todd Noblitt, Bartholomew County Emergency Operations director, at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the number of reported weather-related incidents dropped to 14. All but three were slide-offs.
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Capt. Dave Steinkoenig, commander of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department’s road division, said none of the injuries from Tuesday’s accidents were serious.
Students and employees from Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. had the day off — the final scheduled day of their spring break.
Flat Rock-Hawcreek Schools in Hope didn’t have classes either, courtesy of the weather.
The heavy, wet snow put weight on tree limbs, which resulted in several reports of trees and branches down — some of which snapped electrical wires, which sent utility crews out to make repairs, Noblitt said.
Weather conditions will be slightly more spring-like until Saturday, when the next snow is forecast.