Dreams of a ‘White Christmas’ just may become a reality

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With Christmas just one week away, Switzerland County got its first real taste of winter early this week as snow and ice hit the area.

After predictions of one to three inches of snow on Monday didn’t materialize; sad students headed to school on Tuesday morning, but by mid morning the snow was falling heavily enough that Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Jones decided to suspend classes early and sent children home at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

County roads soon were covered with an icy blanket of snow by mid afternoon, and although the snow stopped falling, the cold temperatures didn’t allow the snow to melt.

Several accidents were reported to the Switzerland County Sheriff’s office on Tuesday as drivers had a hard time maneuvering on the ice and snow; but workers with the Switzerland County Highway Department did an excellent job of treating the roads in a timely and safe manner.

After the winter storm on Tuesday forced the Switzerland County School Corporation to close at 1 p.m. in order to get the buses on the roads earlier; it also forced the delay of the girls jayvee and varsity basketball games that were set for the home gym here.

The Lady Pacers were scheduled to play South Ripley on Tuesday night; but the game will now be played this Saturday, with the girls junior varsity game scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.; followed by the girls varsity game.

Saturday will be a “South Ripley Day”, as Saturday night the boys junior varsity and varsity basketball teams are scheduled to take on the South Ripley Raiders.

The boys jayvee game will begin in the Pacer gym at 6 p.m.

Wednesday brought more cold temperatures, and schools operated on a two-hour delay so that buses could travel in more daylight.

Showing the tracking of the storm, Switzerland County, Rising Sun, and Lawrenceburg were all on two-hour delays; while Madison, Madison Shawe, South Ripley, Milan, Jac-Cen-Del, and South Dearborn all canceled their classes on Wednesday – as well as classes at the Southeastern Indiana Career Center in Versailles.

County highway workers continued to make sure that all county roads were deemed safe and passable as quickly as possible, and were continuing to get the snow and ice off of the roads on Wednesday.

Wednesday night’s Jefferson-Craig Elementary Childrens Christmas Program was scheduled to still be held; as is tonight’s (Thursday’s) Switzerland County Elementary School Christmas Programs.

The National Weather Service is calling for rain showers in the afternoon tonight (Thursday), with a mixture of rain and wind heading for this area tomorrow (Friday).

After a cloudy Saturday; more rain and snow is being called for on Sunday; and that trend of snow appears to continue through Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week – which means a “White Christmas” is a real possibility.

The forecast for Christmas Day calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the high 30s.