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Snowfall in Elkhart County contributes to accidents

Elkhart County roads have become slick and snow covered Wednesday afternoon.

Posted on Dec. 26, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Road conditions in Elkhart County were slick and snow covered Wednesday afternoon and helped contribute to a rash of traffic accidents.

More than 100 minor accidents were reported since Wednesday morning as the fringes of a major blizzard stretched across northern Indiana.

Elkhart County dispatch reported about 80 traffic accidents since 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The Elkhart Police Department reported 34 accidents since 11 a.m.

While parts of central and southern Indiana were getting pummeled with blizzard conditions, Elkhart County was expected to see just a few inches of snow, according for forecasters.

Patchy, blowing snow and some accumulation could continue until about 1 a.m. Accumulation of up to another inch is possible, according to the National Weather Service.

Lows will be around 22. Winds will continue to range from 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph possible.

The weather service’s forecast for Thursday calls for partly sunny skies, a high of 31 degrees and little to no chance of snow.

A blizzard warning included a large portion of central and southern Indiana that includes Kokomo and Indianapolis and as far south to Seymour and as far west as Terre Haute.

Motorists can learn about traffic conditions and road closures by calling 1-800-261-7623.

The Indiana State Police said a trooper’s squad car was struck three times after he stopped at a crash on Interstate 465 on the north side of Indianapolis during the snow storm, according to the Associated Press.

Sgt. Rich Myers said no one was hurt in any of those crashes Wednesday.

Myers said entrance and exit ramps on the interstates around Indianapolis were extremely slick and hazardous and some were impassable because of stuck vehicles, the AP reported.




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