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Mother Nature back in snow business

Mother Nature back in snow business
Mother Nature back in snow business
Dalton (left) and Weston Goodman are pushed by their father, Danny, down a hill at Hayswood Nature Reserve west of Corydon Thursday afternoon. Photos by Alan Stewart (click for larger version)

The first snowfall of the new year caused a few problems on the roadways and a few headaches for county residents.
Schools in all three county districts were closed Thursday morning in anticipation of an estimated 2-to-5-inch snowfall. According to the National Weather Service, a total of about 3-1/2 inches fell between Thursday and Saturday. Schools were also closed Friday.
Several slide-offs and minor crashes were reported by Harrison County Dispatch, with at least one person suffering from a bleeding head wound after being involved in a crash on Interstate 64 near the Lanesville exit.
A county highway truck laying cinders on Harrison-Heth Road near Central was involved in a crash Thursday afternoon when a woman coming out of her driveway ran into the blade of the truck.
‘She just came out of her driveway and there he was,’ Capt. Richard Bauman of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department said.
Glen Bube, superintendent of the Harrison County Highway Department, said he started putting workers on the roads at 4 a.m. Thursday, then had a second wave of drivers a couple of hours later.
‘The weather people were saying that (the snow) would get here about then and it didn’t come for more than an hour after that, so I was kind of worried about us starting that early,’ Bube said. ‘I think one thing that helped us was the rate that it fell. Sometimes it just dumps on you and it’s hard to keep up. This snow was kind of slow and steady and powdery, so we were able to stay on top of it.’
With it taking so long for snow to accumulate and provide a good, slick base, sledders weren’t able to take to the hills until Thursday afternoon.
The Goodman brothers, Dalton, 11, and Weston, 9, and their father, Danny, all of Corydon, didn’t wait for the snow to collect on the grass. Instead, they braved the blustery conditions and chose to slide down the hilly road leading to Hays Lake at Hayswood Nature Reserve west of Corydon.
‘The road feels like it’s slicker and you get going pretty fast,’ Dalton Goodman said. ‘Going down is the fun part. The wind and walking back up the hill isn’t fun at all.’
With temperatures in the single digits for part of the weekend, snowy hillsides became glazed in ice, allowing for better sledding.
Since New Year’s Eve, when the temperature was a relatively scorching 43 degrees, the area hasn’t seen temperatures above freezing. According to the National Weather Service, the record for consecutive days below freezing is 17, set from Jan. 7 to 23 in 1918.
With a high-pressure system moving in from the west, high temperatures were expected to be in the mid-40s the rest of this week, with lows at or just above 30 degrees.