Winter storm strikes county, blasts all of the Midwest

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For everyone who pined for snow all last winter, Switzerland County got plenty this week as a winter storm moved in late on Christmas night and left a trail of rain, ice, and snow not only here – but across much of the Midwestern part of the country.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Switzerland County and also surrounding counties for yesterday (Wednesday) and it remained in effect until early today (Thursday).

The National Weather Service said that they system was expected to bring a “potent” winter storm, which would include heavy snow and winds. The forecast also said that there was the chance for a mixture of snow and rain, and cautioned drivers and everyone outside to watch for sleet and icy conditions.

Along with the ice, Switzerland County was expected to get between one and three inches of snow from the storm. Winds gusts were expected to reach 35 miles per hour; and temperatures were expected to remain in the lower 30s.

The storm comes at a bad time for travelers, as many people are trying to return home after visiting relatives and friends for Christmas.

The storm was expected to create travel problems due to slush and visibility issues.

There is a 50-percent chance of snow for tomorrow (Friday), with lows around 25 degrees. Saturday again brings a 50-percent chance of snow; with the temperature on Saturday night dipping down to about 14-degrees.

Sunday will again see temperatures in the 30s during the day and the teens at night; and another chance of snow comes into the forecast on New Year’s Eve; with New Year’s Day expected to see sunny skies and temperatures in the high 20s.

Emergency officials are urging residents to stay inside and stay safe; and to not get out and travel on county roads unless it is absolutely necessary.