A predicted snow storm across the Midwest dumped more snow than expected on the area on Sunday, Mar. 24, and through the early morning hours of today, Monday, Mar. 25.
Officially, as of 7:00 a.m. today, Monday, the Pana Weather Station recorded a record 13.8 inches of snow in the last 24-hour period. This is the largest snow recorded in Pana since the winter of 1982.
Other observers have indicated more or less, from around a foot to 15 inches, recorded in the yard of Shae Cohen, in the 10 block of South Walnut St., to as much as 18 inches.
Hard to believe Easter is only a week away. Forecasters are predicting the mercury to rise into the upper 50’s with a chance of rain on Sunday, Mar. 31. The Veteran’s Memorial in Kitchell Park – site of the annual Easter Egg Hunt – was shrouded in snow at the height of the storm Sunday afternoon.
At Taylorville, their official total at the Taylorville Airport was 17.7 inches and in Springfield, the total was 17.4.
Because of the weather, Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp issued a Level 2 Snow Emergency in the county. This means no one should be out driving in these conditions, unless it is absolutely necessary. A check with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office today indicated the Snow Emergency may be cancelled around noon today.
Chief Deputy Bruce Engeling said they “have had tons of calls” since the storm hit. He said some county roads and most all township roads have not been plowed. He said the main problem is people getting their cars stuck –many of them in the middle of the road – and blocking the plows from doing their job. Engeling said there have been no major accidents or injuries.
Streets in Pana are in relatively good condition. City street crews started Sunday afternoon and worked throughout the night and into the morning clearing streets and alleys. Pana street department personnel is asking the public to be patient as they cannot be everywhere at the same time. They will get to all streets as soon as they can.
The Pana Police Department handled a couple of minor traffic accidents on Sunday. They also dealt with a number of vehicles which were required to be towed as well as a large number of telephone calls about conditions on the roadways.
Some area residents have not only had to battle the elements, but have also been without power during the storm. Power went out in Rosamond, Ohlman, Oconee and Nokomis early in the afternoon on Sunday. Power was restored in Rosamond, Oconee and Ohlman about 9:00 p.m., but the power was off in Nokomis until about 5:00 a.m. today. There was also sporadic outages in Pana.
There has been no word on whether the Pana City Council meeting scheduled for tonight will be held.
The informational meeting for the Sales Tax Referendum has been cancelled. It was scheduled for Tuesday night, Mar. 26, in the Pana Junior High School auditorium. It has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, Apr. 2, still at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium.
Many activities have been cancelled because of the weather. It is a good idea to call ahead to see if the event is being held or has been postponed.