Created on Monday, 25 March 2013 Written by NATE SMITH
March appears to be both coming and going like a lion, defying the commonly-used phrase personifying the travel habits of the year’s third month.
Chad Carpenter clears a county parking lot behind the Colonial Building, 117 E. Columbus Ave., early today. Another bout of winter weather blanketed the region overnight, closing what schools were not already out for spring break, and prompting a Level I snow emergency. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)
Measurable overnight snowfall made for a slick morning commute, which led to multiple slide-off crashes and the second snow emergency this month.
Area schools that weren’t already dismissed for spring break were closed today and Logan County Sheriff Andrew J. Smith issued a Level 1 snow emergency about 1:30 a.m. today. Sheriff’s offices in Union and Champaign counties also issued Level 1 snow emergencies between 1 and 2 a.m. this morning.
Area law enforcement agencies reported some slide-off crashes, none of which was thought to be serious.
A Level 2 snow emergency was issued during a winter storm that fell March 6, which also closed schools and hampered motorists.
Road crews from the Logan County Engineer’s Office were out in full force by 2 a.m. today, general superintendent Todd Bumgardner said.
He said crews’ efforts should be helped along by longer daylight and warmer ground temperatures.
“I don’t expect the snow to get hard and stick to the roads like it does in January,” he said. “That wet, heavy snow started to slush up after a while, but we’re making progress.
“We’ll have crews out until the late afternoon into the early evening.”