Snow blankets Howard, Tipton Counties

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TIPTON COUNTY, Ind. (November 21, 2015) – Howard and Tipton Counties got hit hard from the first snowfall of the season. Four to five inches were reported on Saturday afternoon, during the heaviest accumulation.

Tipton County Emergency Management Director, Chuck Bell,  said crews have been preparing for the first snowfall for a few weeks and while four inches was a lot, they weren’t surprised.

“We had extra deputies on duty, because 31 seems to be a pretty rough patch through Tipton County,” Bell said.

Snow plows hit State Road 31 from Tipton to Howard Counties frequently, clearing the roads as quickly as possible.

About half a dozen minor accidents were reported in Tipton County, many of them attributed to people driving too fast for the conditions.

On State Road 28, a woman slid, running her car onto a guardrail.

Emergency officials said they frequently see an increase accidents during the first snowfall of the season, as people try to remember to slow down.

Bell said crews will be on standby, preparing to tackle ice patches on Sunday morning.

“We’ve pretty much let everyone know in the community to be prepared for the slick spots in the morning,” Bell said.

Churches and businesses have been asked to keep sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots clear and plenty salted for Sunday morning crowds.

Tipton resident, Timothy Smith said he’s learned to accept his community gets hit hard when it snows.

“Up here in this area and then north of us in Peru, we get hammered, so I expect the worst all the time when it comes to winter.”