Wednesday's winter storm leads to crashes, cancelled school, power outages

The storm moved through Michiana Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, but Thursday's weather is expected to be better.

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 7:06 a.m.

ELKHART — Overnight snow wreaked havoc in Michiana on Wednesday after several days of milder weather offered hope that spring may be on its way.

Several inches of heavy, wet snow blanketed Elkhart County and winds between 20 and 30 mph blew drifts across roadways and plastered snow to stoplights. A travel watch was issued and all Elkhart County schools delayed or cancelled classes Wednesday.

Most school districts in St. Joseph County decided to hold class as scheduled but parents voiced concerns after two Penn-Harris-Madison school buses were involved in weather-related crashes with students on board. One bus slid of the roadway and another was struck by a car. No students were hurt in either crash.

The Elkhart County 911 Center received reports of 47 crashes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and the Elkhart City Communications Center had 16 crashes during the same period.

One man was killed in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of California Road and Nappanee Street. Two others were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A man was trapped in his vehicle for nearly an hour after it was crushed by a semi truck at the intersection of S.R. 15 and U.S. Highway 20 south of Bristol.

The winter weather also caused power outages as snow and ice weighed down power lines. NIPSCO reported 21 Elkhart County outages as of 7 p.m. Wednesday evening. Indiana Michigan Power reported 254 Elkhart County customers without power around 3 p.m. but said service was restored by 7:30 p.m.

Clear skies and warmer temperatures are on the way later this week, according to the National Weather Service. 

Skies will be mostly sunny Tuesday with a high of 29 degrees, and the sun will continue through Sunday.

High temperatures are predicted to reach 47 degrees on Friday and 37 degrees on Saturday.


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