Road advisory continues

Jackson County remained under a watch local travel advisory on Monday.

A watch means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public and only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended.

Jackson County Commissioner Jerry Hounshel said the drop in temperature and limited salt supplies are hampering efforts to clear roads.

"They're going to be snow packed but they will be passable," Hounshel said Monday morning. "We're going to have to keep whittling away at it."

Freezing rain fell first across the region on Sunday before snow started falling in the evening hours, a combination that makes it more difficult to keep roads clear, Hounshel said.

"When you get that frozen layer down and then get snow on top, it does make it harder to penetrate and get it off the road," he said.

The area received 1 to 2 inches of snow along with a half inch of ice on Sunday. Up to 8 inches of snow had been in the local forecast.

Road conditions forced area schools to close Monday, the 16th day this winter for most districts, including Medora Community Schools.

Icy, snow-covered roads prompted Superintendent Tom Judd to close school for today.

"The roads are terrible," Judd said after making that decision shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday.

Brownstown, Crothersville and Seymour school districts also canceled classes for the day as did Trinity Lutheran High School. Bartholomew County Consolidated first planned to have a two-hour delay but eventually decided to close.

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