TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. — Heavy wet snow was blamed for downed power lines, power outages, and several slideoffs in Tippecanoe County, Tuesday.
By 10 p.m. Tuesday, Fox 59 measured 2 inches of snow had fallen in downtown Lafayette, creating a messy situation for drivers.
The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department reported at least 25 accidents had occurred within five hours of the storm’s arrival. Most were slide offs and did not cause serious injuries.
Lafayette’s Street Department had several plows out wiping the slushy snow off the roads, while residents like Gary Brouillard tried to clean off sidewalks.
Brouillard said the wet snow was creating problems.
“It’s really wet snow so it doesn’t want to just go through the snow blower. I mean that’s why it clumps together so well,” he explained. “It’ll probably be an hour and a half and I’ll probably come out in the morning and re-do it.”
The Sheriff’s Department also reported hundreds of people were affected by power outages when the heavy snow knocked tree limbs down onto power lines.