Cold, windy weather hits Elkhart County Thursday
ELKHART — Elkhart County is digging itself out from under the latest batch of snow and there are several snow-free days ahead.
The National Weather Service forecast shows a slight chance of snow flurries after 7 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, with partly sunny skies and a high temperature around 9 degrees. Brisk winds with gusts of up to 20 miles per hour will bring a windchill of -10.
As of 7:30 a.m. Thursday, the county travel status was at the "watch" level, meaning road conditions were threatening to the safety of the public and non-essential driving was not recommended.
Friday will also be cold with partly sunny skies, a high around 12 degrees.
There will be a chance of more snow over the weekend, with highs near 20 on Saturday and Sunday.
Most of Elkhart County received about 4 inches of snowfall from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday, with some parts of the county seeing up to 5.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
The snowfall, combined with slippery roads and blowing and drifting snow, prompted area schools to close Wednesday, many for the ninth time this school year.
Between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Elkhart County 911 Communications Center received 26 traffic crashes, two of which resulted in injuries. The Elkhart City Communications Center had 10 crashes in the same time period.
ELKHART COUNTY SCHOOL, BUSINESS AND ORGANIZATION CLOSURES AND DELAYS