SOUTHERN INDIANA (WAVE) – Rain, sleet and snow greeted drivers throughout much of southern Indiana as many people returned to work for the first time in the new year.
Dark and early Thursday morning, rain transitioned into sleet in Henryville, Indiana. Further north in Scottsburg, wet snowflakes coated the ground in a slushy mix.
In the daylight, snow flurries dusted Seymour, beautifully masking a hidden threat.
"I was down here fixing to go out to Manor Street but the off roads were so slick, I decided to go back home," said Harold Tackett of Scottsburg while pumping gas at the Circle K in Seymour just off Interstate 65. "I have some concern for the roads."
Thursday morning Seymour police said they expected slick roads to get worse with time.
"The temperatures are going to fall as the day goes on," said Seymour Police Captain Carl Lamb. "The moisture that's coming down could turn to ice pretty quickly."
"The temperature has dropped seven degrees in the last hour and a half," said Tackett.
Throughout the Hoosier state, plow truck drivers worked 12 hour shifts that began overnight. Their services proved especially needed further north in Indianapolis where crews worked around the clock to clear roads that had been pre-treated with brine.
South toward Louisville, motorists and residents dealt with a much milder scene. Despite the lack of surface snow, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet snow crews reported for duty around 4 a.m. to ensure clear roads ahead of the Thursday morning commute.
The bulk of WAVE Country snow, however, remained in southern Indiana, leading police to urge everyone play it safe.
"It seems like if we get a little bit of snow, everyone usually wants to drive like the roads are dry," began Capt. Lamb. "We just want to remind everyone to take their time. Whether it's snow or rain or slush, take your time and go slow. Wherever you're going is going to be there. We just want you to arrive in one piece."
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