News From Terre Haute, Indiana


December 6, 2013

City slickers: First heavy snowfall of season leaves roads slippery through night

TERRE HAUTE — Snow and ice covered roads, cars, buildings and homes in the Wabash Valley late Thursday night and throughout the day on Friday as the first winter storm of the season moved through the area.

And although today promises to be dry, it will, however, remain cold, with temperatures predicted to be well below freezing.

But it may be a welcome break from two waves of snow falls that the area received Thursday and Friday. The promised second wave of snowfall was seen early Friday afternoon and stopped early in the evening.

The areas south of Terre Haute received more snow totals than areas in the north, officials said.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warming to the area until midnight with snow accumulation prediction of five to seven inches.

“It’s a good storm,” meteorologist Jason Puma said.

“But it is very common for us to get storm systems like this from time to time though the winter,” he added.

Despite the hazardous conditions created by the weather, officials reported no major incidents.

The Indiana State Police said that many roads — including all county roads and U.S. 40 — were snow covered on Friday but Interstate-70 was cleared. Reports of vehicle slide-offs were minimal, police said.

Vigo County 911 Director Rob McMullen said there were 21 “possibly weather-related incidents” in Terre Haute and Vigo County as of about 5 p.m. on Friday. These incidents may include slide-offs, regular accidents or cars pulled off to the side for various reasons.

And many people in the Valley seemed prepared for the first blast of winter.

Area schools including Vigo County School Corp. and Ivy Tech Community College — Wabash Valley closed. Some public libraries such as Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Public Library and Bicknell-Vigo Township Public Library were also closed, along with other area businesses.

As below freezing temperatures and snow fell, snow plows were observed working late Thursday and all day Friday.

According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, salt trucks were out overnight Thursday and throughout the day on Friday “treating the roadways and will continue to do so through these winter storms.”

 Despite the usual expectation of power outages that come with a storm, no power outages were reported from Vigo and surrounding counties, according to Duke Energy.

 Puma said the areas south of Terre Haute received more significant snow. For example, as of Friday afternoon, Vincennes had accumulated nine inches and Bloomington had seven and a half.

The heaviest snows have fallen across southern Indiana, Puma said.

And the weekend, it promises to be cold as well.

Today, the weather is expected to be “dry but very cold,” Puma said, with a high predicted to be in the lower 20s. Wind chill values are predicted to be as low as -3 with North wind around 9 mph. It is also expected to be colder in the early evening.

On Sunday, however, the area will once again see snow.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 40 percent chance of mix precipitation in the afternoon and early evening. Snow may fall in the late morning hours but there is a chance of freezing rain and sleet after 1 p.m.  Snow and sleet are also expected Sunday night.

Puma said the snow fall expected on Sunday may be “considerably less.”

But the area will start seeing some sunshine next week.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are forecasted to be sunny.

While there will be sunny days next week, it will still be very cold until at least Thursday, Puma said.

“Temperatures will not get above freezing,” and there are several nights next week when we can expect temperatures in the single digits, he said.

Tribune-Star Reporter Dianne Frances D. Powell can be reached at 812-231-4299 or

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Mother of 2 Makes NFL Cheerleading Squad at 40 Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix Judge OKs Record-setting $2B Sale of Clipper Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre Today in History for July 29th Fish Oil Plant Blast Kills One Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Airstrike Shatters Fragile Calm in Gaza Trial Begins Over OKC Bombing Video Raw: Earthquake Rocks Mexico's Gulf Coast The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Two Huge Fires Burning in Northern California
NDN Video
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now!

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010

Real Estate News