FIRST PERSON | EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- I braved the elements to see just how bad the Blizzard of 2012 was in my area. I live in the small town of Newburgh, just two minutes away from Evansville, in southern Indiana.
Just getting out my front door took a while. Once I was out on the roadway, I noticed that the streets were fairly clear, with the exception of snowdrifts here and there.
I wanted to exchange a shirt that my son got for Christmas. I arrived at Burlington Coat Factory only to be told that they were closing their doors. It seems that only a handful of employees were able to get to work. I was able to exchange the shirt, but drove straight back home afterward as the snow began to fall once again.
The heavy snow fall, which has blanketed much of the Midwest with more than a foot of snow in some places, has stopped most businesses and factories from opening their doors and caused motorists to heed the dire warnings and stay home.
Snowfall has reached record totals in Evansville and the surrounding counties. Although the main roadways are somewhat clear, major businesses, banks, libraries and eateries have shut their doors and told their employees to stay home.
The side streets and county roads are the most hazardous with some places seeing more than 11 inches within the last few hours. Blowing winds are creating snowdrifts and forcing those who have to be out on the road to find another way to reach their destination. Law enforcement officers and the Emergency Management Association declared a state of emergency in the hardest-hit counties where roads are impassable and where even the snow plows are now stuck.
The weather channel is predicting another five to seven inches by nightfall and another wave of wintery storm weather to reach the Midwest by late Saturday evening.
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