Last Thursday morning began with heavy rainfall as the temperature hovered in the mid 40’s. But by 2:00 p.m. it was 34º with the precipitation quickly changing to a wintry mix, and by nightfall it had dropped to 27º with a blast of frigid air and snow making the roads treacherous, while an expanding winter storm crossed the country.

Schools were closed at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12th, and remained closed on Friday as flurries continued on and off throughout the day. The Macon County Sheriffs Department and the Lafayette Police Department worked several non-injury accidents related to the icy conditions, while area students enjoyed a four-day weekend as they were also off on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Macon County Highway Department employee Regina Flippin said the crew began salting roads at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday night working until midnight, then started at 6:30 a.m. the following morning.

“We finished all the hills and sharp curves on the paved roads,” Flippin said on Friday the 13th, “but we didn’t salt the entire road, just the ones most traveled. We have used our budget money allotted for salt and we didn’t want to use it all, in case we have more inclement weather.”