School children in the Kokomo area had a few hours more of weekend Monday, with school delays because of the cold and wintery weather.
Most only had two-hour delays, but Eastern-Howard School Corp. closed because of heating problems.
Superintendent Tracy Caddell said he’s had a problem with the computer system that regulates the heating in the elementary building, and the contractor is waiting on a part to fix it.
“With the wind chill this morning, it was just too cold in the elementary, especially in the cafeteria,” Caddell said. “We thought it was best to just make up the day in June. Hopefully the part will be in this week.”
He was concerned the building would get too cold once students started coming in, with no way to regulate the temperature.
Kokomo-Center Superintendent Jeff Hauswald said he and his transportation director thought the roads would be fine Monday morning, but decided to delay after assessing conditions early in the morning.
“We felt that extra couple of hours would make the transportation a little safer,” he said, adding he also has to consider safety for children walking to school.
The Kokomo area had light snowfall compared to other parts of the state, according to the National Weather Service.
Meteorologist Adam Baker said Fairland, in Shelby County, reported the heaviest snowfall in central Indiana, with 4.8 inches. At the NWS offices, near the Indianapolis airport, weather watchers reported about 4.4 inches.
Baker said Kokomo could get another inch of snow overnight, with better conditions through mid-week. He said today still would be “bitterly cold,” and Wednesday would be mostly sunny until midday, when clouds should start thickening with the approach of another weather system that could bring more snow Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
Kokomo’s total snowfall ranged from 1 to 2 inches, he said, with low temperatures in the teens. With the wind chill Monday morning, Baker said, it would have felt like a temperature of zero.
In northern Indiana, motorists were trapped on stretches of U.S. 30, but the Kokomo area escaped with much less snow and its impact, law enforcement officials said.
Howard County Sheriff Marty Talbert said deputies had a quiet morning, with few reports of slide-offs or accidents.
Deputies were dispatched to their first accident, at County Roads 500 South and 500 East, around noon, he said.
Talbert had heard from other law enforcement officials that conditions were rough north of Ind. 24.
“People are doing a pretty decent job today with it,” he said of slippery roads. “We’re doing better than other places, believe me.”