The season's first big snowfall kept Elkhart County snowplows busy Sunday, but will lead to an easier day for nearly all students countywide on Monday.
All seven Elkhart County school districts closed or delayed the start of classes on Monday:
• CLOSED — Elkhart Community Schools, Crossing Educational Center and Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation.
• TWO-HOUR DELAY — Baugo Community Schools, Bethany Christian School, Concord Community Schools, Fairfield Community Schools, Goshen Community Schools, Middlebury Community Schools, Wa-Nee Community Schools.
The National Weather Service Northern Indiana Office in Syracuse had Elkhart County and most of Michiana under a winter storm warning for Saturday night through early Monday.
Snowfall totals reported to the National Weather Service over 24 hours from Saturday night to Sunday night reached 8 inches in Osceola, 7.2 inches in Bristol, 7.1 inches in Mishawaka, 6.5 inches in Elkhart and 6.1 inches in South Bend.
Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder reported on his Facebook page that a full complement of county plow crews started clearing snow around 4 a.m. Sunday and kept going until 6 p.m., when the night shift took over. Combined with some private companies under contract for subdivisions and some numbered county roads, there were 109 plows deployed around the county Sunday.
The county's day shift of snow plows was planning to begin again around 4 a.m. Monday, Yoder said. Every numbered county road is expected to be plowed at least twice every 12 hours until they are clear.
The snow is likely to stick around for a while. National Weather Service forecasts show Monday will be the only day near the freezing mark this week before cold arctic air drops high temperatures into the teens for the coming week. Only light snow accumulations are expected for the rest of the week, but the weather service noted that is subject to change.