February 3rd, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The snow storm this week put everyone in Whitley County and across much of the country on high-alert.
There were some who couldnâ€™t take shelter at home and wait out the blizzard in pajamas with a cup of hot cocoa.
â€śThere were so many stranded motorists,â€ť said Cathy Broxon-Ball of the Whitley County Emergency Management/Department of Homeland Security.
â€śI guess everybody figures that police and emergency vehicles can just get to them in a matter of minutes, but we had so many responders that were getting stuck that, well, thatâ€™s why we have these levels.â€ť
Whitley County will drop from a Level 1 to a Level 2 snow emergency at 8 a.m. today.
Whitley County Commissioners have issued the following statement
WHITLEY COUNTY - The Post and Mail will post updates of closings and delays for Thursday, Feb. 3 here. Check back for up-to-the minute reports.
- According to its website, Whitley County Consolidated Schools are closed for Thursday, Feb. 3. - According to its website, Smith-Green Community Schools are closed for Thursday, Feb. 3. - According to its website, Whitko Community Schools are closed for Thursday, Feb. 3. - According to a press release from Catherine Broxon-Ball, Whitley County EMA/DHS Director,the Whitley County Government offices will be open on today.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€“ A level 1 snow emergency is in effect until 6 p.m. today which calls for people to stay home to allow crews to clear the roads.
So what do you do when youâ€™re forced to stay home for a day?
Some hunker down and enjoy the enforced down time. Others make use of the time to be productive on upcoming projects.
Ada Mae Rebman of South Whitley posted on Facebook that she is busy baking for this Saturdayâ€™s Vend Her Happy at the South Whitley Public Library.
COLUMBIA CITY - Whitley County's Emergency Management/Department of Homeland Security is having committee meetings to assess whether or not to extend the Level 1 snow emergency past 6 p.m. today.
The decision will be made at 4 p.m., according to agency director Cathy Broxon-Ball.
"Our committee will review the situation at 4 p.m. today to see if we need to extend it past 6 p.m.," she said.
Broxon-Ball said motorists should continue to use common sense regarding road travel.
Whitley County's Level 1 snow emergency has been extended until 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to Whitley County Emergency Management Director Cathy Broxon-Ball. The snow emergency was previously set to expire at noon.
The Whitley County Commissioners have issued the following statement: â€śWhitley County is under a level 1 snow emergency. The general public should not travel unless absolutely necessary.â€ť
A Level 1 Snow emergency states that:
Wednesday morning - The National Weather Service downgraded Whitley County's condition from a Blizzard warning to a Winter Weather advisory as of 4:45 a.m. Overnight Fort Wayne reported areas received six or more inches of snow and blowing causing drifts of three feet or more. Sleet and freezing rain was also reported.
The forecast posted by the NWS this morning follows:
Sheriff Mark Hodges, Emergency Management Director Cathy Broxon-Ball, county highway superintendent Mike Barton and the Whitley County Commissioners have moved Whitley County to a Level 1 snow emergency effective from 9 p.m. Tuesday night until noon Wednesday.
The text of their declaration follows:
Whereas, Whitley County, Indiana has been impacted by or is immediately threatened by a severe winter storm blizzard.
February 1, 2011 21:00 Activate the Snow Emergency Ordinance 2008-01 Level 1, for the next 15 hours.
Updated 4:45 a.m. Wednesday - The Post & Mail will post updates as they become available as to weather conditions in Whitley County and weather-related information for our readers. Check back to this story for the latest reports.
The Wednesday edition of The Post & Mail went to print early because of the second round of this weekâ€™s winter storm. If snowy conditions inhibit paper delivery, customers should expect their Wednesday paper to be delivered with the Thursday edition.
Poor road conditions have brought the Whitley County sports schedule to a halt for a third consecutive night. Columbia City's girls' basketball game at home against Huntington North for tonight was postponed one night. The game is set to tip off Friday night at 6:15 p.m.
Wednesday's Whitko girls' basketball game at Triton has been canceled due to inclement weather. Due to schedule conflicts the game will not be made up. The Lady Wildcats will debut in the sectional tournament at Columbia City 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday.