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January 6, 2014

Snowpocalypse: Local residents dig out from snowfall

Storm dumps snow, blocks roadways

Josh Stark shoveled a mound of snow 4 feet high as he dug his wife’s car free.

He and thousands of other area residents faced an onslaught of snow — at least half a foot by 6 p.m. Sunday — brought on by a storm that blanketed Indiana.

Numerous schools, school districts, colleges, cities and counties announced they would be closed today, as the National Weather Service warned of deadly wind chills as low as 45-below zero possible through Tuesday. The General Assembly also postponed the opening day of its 2014 session Monday, and the state appellate courts, including the Indiana Supreme Court, said they would be closed.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence ordered 24, four-person National Guard teams, each with two vehicles, to be ready to rescue stranded motorists, move people to shelters and assist local emergency management workers. State officials say more National Guard members may be added if needed.

“It’s pretty wet stuff,” Stark said as he rested from shoveling. “It’s barely snow.” He added his wife expected to head to work this morning.

Until then, however, he planned to alternate shoveling and staying inside.

“I might put in a movie in a little bit, once I get this done,” Stark said. “Then come out and do it all over again.”

The winter storm is expected to bring dangerously low temperatures in its wake. Schools across the region canceled teacher preparation days or the first day of their spring semesters. Southeastern Schools in Walton and Galveston are closed today, as well as Carroll Consolidated Schools in Flora, Pioneer Regional Schools in Royal Center and Eastern Pulaski Community Schools in Winamac.

Logansport Community Schools and Caston Schools in Fulton also canceled teacher workdays scheduled for today.

Just after 8 p.m. Sunday, the city of Logansport was declared in a state of emergency,” Cass County highway superintendent Jeff Smith said.

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