Slower driving was helping to compensate for slick streets as Warren County commuters headed to the office Wednesday morning.
Norwalk police chief Ed Kuhl said that Norwalk streets were still slick, although road crews had been through town. While there were vehicles off in ditches, Kuhl said he hadn’t seen many traffic accidents.
“I’ve seen the normal traffic flow, but it’s much slower,” said Kuhl. “And that’s a good thing, probably contributes to it being a little safer.”
Road graders were on gravel roads until about 8 p.m. Tuesday night, said Steve Struble, Warren County engineer, and those roads still looked passable Wednesday as the winds died down.
“On the paved roads the drifting continues,” said Struble. “They went out this morning at 4 and roads were at normal winter driving conditions.”
Struble said snow totals were heavier in the southern half of the county, with snow continuing to fall Tuesday night, while snow had largely stopped in the northern portion of the county.
All Warren County schools were closed for the day Wednesday after the storm, which surprised almost everyone with close to 9 inches of snow. Mahala Cox, of Warren County emergency management, said the storm had spun around, picking up moisture from the Atlantic Ocean to increase snow totals.
“This system just did not go the way they thought it would, so everyone’s real surprised,” said Cox. “But Mother Nature can do whatever she wants.”