Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Snow Packs Road Spills ; Treacherous Travel on Icy Roads Keeps Many Indoors

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Snow Packs Road Spills ; Treacherous Travel on Icy Roads Keeps Many Indoors

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While the first snow and ice storm of the season for the Tri- State region limited travel and led to dozens of reports of accidents, no other serious issues arose Friday, public safety officials say. By 6 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service out of Paducah, Ky., reported 6.7 inches of snow accumulated at Evansville Regional Airport. Around the Tri-State, trained weather spotters reported up to 10 inches of snow in Princeton, Ind., more than 12 inches in Albion, Ill. and 4 inches in Spencer County.

Several area school districts canceled school because of the conditions, including the Evansville Vanderburgh County School Corp. and Warrick County Schools, and many other organizations and businesses closed up shop or called off events Friday.

Posey County, where county commissioners declared a state of emergency, saw 10 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

Posey County Sheriff Greg Oeth said that while driving conditions continually worsened as they day crept on, reports of accidents and slide-offs were minimal.

"That is an upside: People are staying inside and off the roadways," Oeth said.

Evansville law enforcement officials weren't as lucky.

Evansville Police Department Sgt. Jason Cullum said despite worsening road conditions, the volume of motorists increased as the amount of snow piled up Friday.

The department became so encumbered with accidents and runoffs that officers ceased taking accident reports for noninjury motor vehicle accidents, advising motorists to exchange insurance and contact information.

In Gibson County, Sgt. Bruce Vanoven said U.S. 41 was the focal point of many of the dozens of accidents and vehicle runoffs. Vanoven and his partner alone responded to nine vehicle accidents by early Friday afternoon.

Illinois State Police spent the entire day Friday responding to jackknifed semis and passenger cars sliding of Interstates 64 and 57. …

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