News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 28, 2009

Snow accumulation is most in city since 1987

By Crystal Garcia

TERRE HAUTE — With 10 inches of snow on the ground, Terre Haute hasn’t seen so much snow since 1987.

Jan. 9, 1987 resulted in 11 inches of snow in Terre Haute, said WTWO’s chief meteorologist, Jesse Walker.

This year’s storm brought 10.1 inches in downtown Terre Haute, according to Logan Johnson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

Walker said the 1987 storm was unique because it was a one-day storm, while this year’s storm started Monday around 8 p.m. and ended around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Storms in March 1996 and January 1999 came close to this storm with about 8 inches of snow apiece, Walker said, and the great blizzard of 1978 still takes the cake with 15 to 16 inches from January 24-26.

Though Wednesday was sunny, Johnson said the sun won’t be back until Saturday. There may also be some flurries today and tonight, but nothing significant, he said.

He said the snow will stick around for at least the next several days as it’s expected to be around 15 degrees tonight and 5 degrees Friday night.

It’s expected to be mostly sunny Saturday and throughout the weekend with temperatures in the 30s and low 40s, Johnson said.

This week’s snow left many businesses and schools closed Wednesday.

Safety concerns were among the top reasons schools in the Vigo County School Corp. were closed for today, said Superintendent Dan Tanoos.

Students walking through snow on unshoveled sidewalks to get to school and drivers who need to take secondary roads were among the top concerns, he said.

“Safety has to come first,” Tanoos said, “and we don’t feel these conditions are safe enough for students and staff to be on the roads and sidewalks.”

Wednesday’s snow day used the last of the school corporation’s scheduled makeup days. Tanoos said administration teams will discuss in the coming days when today’s snow day will be made up.

Crystal Garcia can be reached at (812) 231-4271 or crystal.garcia@tribstar.com.