Blowing and drifting snow affects Benton County roads

The cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette are preparing for another round of snow.
The cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette are preparing for another round of snow.

BENTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – A large winter storm rolled through the area Tuesday night and dropped about nine inches of snow in Benton County. Gusty winds allowed the snow to blow over the roadways making the roads slick.

Benton County Emergency Management Director John Fields said a Travel Warning was issued early Wednesday morning.

“Right in the middle of the night is when the snow started picking up intensity and also when the winds started picking up. So, it was around 5 a.m. that we put out the warning,” Fields explained.

Benton County Sheriff Butch Pritchett said the county started plowing the roads Wednesday morning. He explained this is a standard practice because Benton County is flat and drifting snow makes it difficult to maintain the roads.

“Their practice is kind of let the winds die down. That way they are not piling up the snow up and it would drift in quicker and be harder to remove the re-drifting snow. “

Despite all the blowing and drifting snow, Pritchett said they did not have any reports of slide-offs on Tuesday night.

“We didn’t have any slide-offs. We didn’t have any vehicle crashes, at least that was reported to us. We made preparations and had a couple different shelters opened,” added Pritchett.

Pritchett thought the county was properly prepared for the winter storm.

“We want everybody to be safe, that’s what it’s all about. And when you do go out, take your time driving,” said Fields.

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