A winter storm blew through the county Monday evening, dumping an estimated seven to eight inches of snow and resulting in numerous cancellations across the board.
The storm caused the county to enter into a rare Level 3 Snow Emergency Monday evening that wasn’t lifted to a Level 2 until late Tuesday morning.
This resulted in closures Tuesday of all county schools, and county offices that included the courthouse, East Annex, Williams County Title Office and Williams County Jobs and Family Services.
With the closure happening on Tuesday, the due date for property taxes, the payment deadline was extended through the close of business on Wednesday, according to a Facebook post from the Williams County Commissioners page.
“I didn’t think we would get this (much snow),” said Shawn Guelde as he cleared a path for his SUV Tuesday morning.
Despite the weather, he still had to get into work for a half-day at Casebere.
“I had all my appointments cancel yesterday, but I’m going in to work on the lot, all that good stuff,” Guelde said. “It’s not fun. I’d rather have a full day of work than half a day shoveling snow, I’ll tell you that.”
The bright side is his boys will be able to get out and go sledding.
While Guelde already had a snow shovel handy, anyone who doesn’t may be hard pressed to find one.
Steve Donaldson, owner of Donaldson’s Ace Hardware in Bryan, said they all but sold out of them already. Only two were left on the shelves early Tuesday afternoon.
“We probably had anywhere from 48 to 72 snow shovels and we sold them all,” he said, adding it was over two or three days. “We’re totally out of snow blowers, we’ve been out for a week or two.”
Rachel Cobb, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service of Northern Indiana, estimated seven to eight inches of snow fell in Bryan Monday night into Tuesday.
More snow is expected Wednesday night into Thursday.
“Right now we’re expecting maybe another one-and-a-half to two inches for your area,” Cobb said.
Worse than the snow on Tuesday was the temperature.
At points, the wind chill was as low as -10 degrees.
“That can cause frostbite of exposed skin in half an hour,” Cobb said. “Anyone out shoveling needs to cover up when they go out there. That’s our safety message of the day.”
The winds will die down Wednesday, though windchill will remain below zero, she continued. Lingering flurries could remain for Thursday but temperatures will rise to around freezing on Sunday.
Sunday also has the possibility for more snow, potentially “several inches worth,” Cobb said, but it’s still a little early to tell.
“It depends on what (weather) model we’re looking at,” she said. “It’s going to depend on the track of the low (front) and the models aren’t in great agreement on that, yet, so stay tuned.”