Winds gusting throughout the day and evening Tuesday turned just a few inches of snow into large drifts that blocked driveways and roads and brought the county to a halt.

According to Maria Shafer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville, the Shelbyville area received approximately five inches of snow Tuesday with nearly .9 inch of melted precipitation overnight Monday into early Tuesday morning.

Meteorologist Matt Barnes with the National Weather Service in Lincoln said that its station approximately two miles south of Moweaqua reported 5.5 inches of snow and its station near Lakewood reported 4.3 inches of snow with .25 inch of ice.

County schools were closed for both Tuesday and Wednesday as county roads proved too treacherous for school buses.

Shelbyville Superinten-dent Robert Verdun anticipates having school Thursday, weather permitting.

“The wind has stopped and road crews are working. I anticipate having school Thursday,” Verdun said.

He added that as four emergency days have been used, he will be discussing the year-end scheduled events, such as graduation and the high school band’s trip to Florida, with Shelbyville High School principal Kevin Ross. He added that there may be adjustments to the school’s sports calendar, also.

County and city crews also got a reprieve Wednesday morning as winds died down allowing them to make progress on the roads and streets.

“We feel lucky today. The weather broke this morning and we are able to plow the roads,” County Highway Department Engineer Alan Spesard said Wednesday. “Last night (Tuesday) was bad with blowing snow. The drifting snow filled in behind the plows. We called off operations around 5 p.m. Tuesday night until the winds died down. We went back to work at 5 a.m. this (Wednesday) morning.”

Spesard said that ice will continue to be a problem until the temperature rises enough to begin to melt it. Temperatures are expected in the 40s next week.

The county has six plow routes and 200 miles of county highway to work. Spesard added that each township and village does its own roads.

City crews continued plowing streets this morning. City Police Chief Brent Fogleman reported that some vehicles parked on snow routes were plowed in. He reminds residents that whenever a snowfall of two or more inches is predicted, vehicles should be moved from the streets or run the risk of being towed.

Marked snow routes include Morgan, Broadway, Vine, Cedar, North 6th, North 9th, North 1st. North 3rd, South 1st and South 4th streets.

Fogleman reported that there were no major incidents in Shelbyville during Tuesday’s storm.

“It was pretty quiet. Everybody stayed home,” he said. He advised residents to stay home unless absolutely necessary to “give the street crews a chance to get things cleared.”

Shelby County Chief Deputy John Gee said that roads are still slick and hazardous Wednesday morning. He added that the department was kept busy Tuesday with cars off in ditches. One incident resulted in one person being taken to Pana Community Hospital.

“The best advice is if you don’t have to get out, you need to stay off the roads,” Gee said.

Kevin Bernson, spokesperson for Shelby Electric Cooperative reported that the approximately 600 customers in Shelby, Christian, and Macon counties who suffered power loss Tuesday were back on line by 10 p.m. Tuesday evening.

“The biggest trouble was in the Yantisville area where a substation was down. If it were not for the substation, it would have been just scattered outages,” Bernson said.

Bernson said that just lines were broken due to the ice and wind and that no poles were broken as in past storms.

“Due to previous storms, repairs were strong. Everything held up for us,” he said. Bernson said that more outages are possible as the ice melts from the lines and “galloping” happens.

“We don’t anticipate hundreds of outages, just individual outages in the next couple of days,” he said.

“We lucked out with this storm. We anticipated a lot worse than what happened,” Bernson said.

Tuesday’s mail delivery was also hampered by the storm, according to Shelbyville Postmaster Gary Banning.

“A few deliveries were not made and one carrier ended up in a ditch,” Banning said. “Two of the four rural routes were made. We delivered as best we could, but we want to keep our carriers safe.”

He said that the calls that came into the office Tuesday were mostly customer concerns about needing to knock off ice from the mailboxes and clearing the way to the boxes.

“Everybody’s been pretty nice about it,” Banning said.

Banning assured that those not receiving mail Tuesday were first on the delivery routes Wednesday, but warned customers to expect some delays Wednesday, too, due to the ice under the snow. He noted that some Valentines deliveries may be delayed as the Springfield office had to close.

“I have a pretty good crew here. They did a good job Tuesday,” Banning said. “Be patient. They are bustin’ their tails to get this done.”

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