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Despite forecasts for blizzard conditions, Hardin County may have dodged a bullet Wednesday.
According to those who prepared for a foot of drifting snow, the county survived the 7.5 inches of precipitation in style.
“There were maybe five or six wrecks,” said Sheriff Keith Everhart today. “But that was nothing like what we had anticipated.”
“It was a lot better than we anticipated going into this thing,” agreed Assistant County Engineer Luke Underwood.
For a time, it looked like the predictions were right on, both men said. The snow came down hard about noon and the winds carried it across the covered roads.
“By Wednesday afternoon, the snow had pretty much quit,” said Underwood.
“I was very impressed with the driving abilities of the people in our county,” said Everhart. “I was very concerned when it started, but I think a lot of it missed us.”
The county had brought extra trucks in to handle the anticipated blizzard conditions, said Underwood. A total of 16 trucks were on the road until about 7 p.m. Wednesday and came in at 5 a.m. today to prepare for morning traffic.
“The roads are still snow-covered and sloppy,” said Underwood. “We’re trying to throw some salt on them now.”
“I was pretty pleased with how things went,” said Everhart of the response to the conditions.
By DAN ROBINSON
Times staff writer