RICHMOND, Ind. — More snow and sleet continued to fall in the Richmond area Thursday morning, making travel potentially dangerous.
Closures:Last School, Event Cancellations for the Richmond Area
Continuous travel notices
Wayne County remains a Level 2 Travel Emergency as snow continues to fall Thursday afternoon.
Richmond Mayor Dave Snow reported participating in a conference call with county and city officials. He indicated that he will continue the emergency level of travel that began at 6 am Thursday.
Despite that, he also said the city will resume normal operations and services on Friday. That includes garbage and recycling collection. Trash and recycling routes missed on Thursday will be picked up on Monday, February 7.
At about the same time Thursday, sheriffs in Darke and Preble counties in Ohio raised their counties’ travel advisories to Level 2. They had instituted Level 1 advisories Thursday morning.
The Level 2 advisories, which prohibit all but essential travel, began at 3:15 p.m., according to announcements by Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson and Darke County Sheriff Mark Whittaker. Both said that the roads are dangerous with the falling snow.
– Mike Emery
Tips for shoveling
When the snow fell again Thursday afternoon, the grass that had been visible disappeared and the buildup on driveways and sidewalks increased, requiring even more effort for shovelers.
The American Heart Association offers the following suggestions to make shoveling safer:
- Take a break. Take frequent breaks while paddling;
- Don’t eat a heavy meal before or shortly after shoveling;
- Use a small shovel or consider a snow plow. It is safer to lift smaller amounts more times than to carry a few shovelfuls of snow. When possible, just push the snow away;
- Learn the warning signs of a heart attack and listen to your body;
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages before or immediately after paddling; Y
- Be aware of the dangers of hypothermia. To prevent hypothermia, dress in layers of warm clothing, which traps air between layers to form protective insulation. Wear a hat because much of your body heat can be lost through your head.
– emery mike
Few accidents despite road conditions
Despite continued snowfall, only a few accidents and problems had been reported in Wayne County as of early Thursday afternoon. A truck was blocking both lanes of eastbound Interstate 70 near the Ind. 1 interchange, and an accident was reported on East Main Street near the 3000 block.
Randolph County had its share of problems. A Facebook post from the county sheriff’s department showed a dump truck equipped with a snowplow had its rear half in a ditch. The post warned drivers about dangerous conditions.
– emery mike
Travel advisories set for the area
A Level 2 travel emergency went into effect at 6 a.m. Thursday in Wayne County.
Sleet had covered the white area when the emergency declaration took effect, which was announced Wednesday afternoon after a vote by Wayne County commissioners. However, within hours, the predicted snow began to fall.
Wayne County and Richmond have scheduled a conference call for Thursday at 2 pm to discuss plans for Friday.
In Ohio, sheriffs in Preble and Darke counties declared Level 1 travel advisories Thursday morning. Level 1 advisories indicate dangerous road conditions and motorists should be careful.
Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson said in a news release that roads in his county were covered in sleet and ice and motorists should expect road conditions to deteriorate later in the day. That county’s notice went into effect at 8:30 a.m.
Darke County Sheriff Mark Whittaker put his county’s advisory into effect at 7 a.m. He also stated in a press release that the roads in his county were dangerous.
– emery mike
Dangerous and deteriorating outdoor conditions make travel unwise, so what can you do during the day?
The Morrisson-Reeves Library closed Thursday; however, that doesn’t mean you can’t access library materials.
Digital books, movies, magazines, audiobooks, music and more are available at the MRL Digital Branch with your library card. Visit mrlinfo.org/digital-branch-2/ to access the Digital Branch.
The library plans to reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.
– Mike Emery
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