Snowfall breaks March record
As snowflakes the size of saucers fell from the sky last Wednesday, starting in Palmyra and working their way south, one question was asked over and over again: When will it ever stop?
The answer turned out to be Thursday morning, but not before anywhere from eight to 12 inches of wintry precipitation practically paralyzed Harrison and Crawford counties.
Schools and businesses closed, and a state of emergency and travel advisory were declared in both counties in an attempt to keep most people off the roads. The move seemed to have worked as, outside of a few minor slide-offs, there were no serious crashes reported.
Many people chimed in on social networking regarding the condition of county and state roads, with a general consensus that county roads seemed to be in better shape sooner than state roads. Roads and driveways that were scraped Thursday were in decent shape by Friday, with back roads taking until the weekend to return to their normal conditions.
According to the National Weather Service, snowfall totals in Harrison County ranged from eight to about 12 inches, making it the largest single-day snowfall event ever for March. For the winter season, the area has received more than 27 inches of snow, making it the snowiest winter in 21 years and the third snowiest in 40 years. The last time there were two snows of more than eight inches in a winter was 1978.
The previous significant snowfall, on Feb. 15 and 16, dropped anywhere from five to 10 inches of snow on the area, causing school to be canceled or delayed.
With the cancellations the past few weeks, school corporations (Lanesville and South Harrison) that use the balanced calendar and had two weeks of spring break coming up now have just one week, with the other week being used for make-up days.
South Harrison will be in session on June 1, thus adding one day to the 2014-15 school calendar.
Regarding graduation, South Harrison’s ceremonies are scheduled for June 7, so, superintendent Dr. Mark Eastridge said, there’s flexibility in the schedule.
Also, South Harrison’s ISTEP testing was interrupted by the snow, but Eastridge said the testing days would be moved a couple of days but nothing substantial.
Lanesville’s make-up days are March 20, March 23 through 27 and May 1.
‘If we miss any more, we would need to make some interesting decisions,’ Steve Morris, Lanesville superintendent, said.
At North Harrison, ISTEP testing was not affected and, as long as no additional cancellations occur, graduation will hold steady on May 31, with the final day of school being June 2.