After an early taste of snowfall on Halloween, Old Man Winter continued his assault on the calendar with more than an inch of snow on Veterans Day along with the potential for record-breaking low temperatures.
The snowfall, which began mid-morning and continued into early evening, pressed state, county, township and municipal road crews into service, cancelled the Litchfield Veterans Day parade, and moved morning Veterans Day services in Hillsboro and Litchfield indoors.
Police, ambulance and fire departments were kept busy responding to vehicle accidents. The Litchfield Fire Department responded to a vehicle that had spun off Interstate 55 at 2:20 p.m. Seven firefighters responded; there were no injuries. Two vehicles collided at 3:23 p.m. on Route 16 near Shoal Creek just east of Litchfield; 14 responded and again, no one required medical attention.
The Hillsboro Street Department went into action clearing streets and spreading salt and sand at intersections at 3:30 p.m. Monday, and the Montgomery County Highway Department began clearing rural roads at 1:30 p.m. and worked into early evening.
"The wind needs to lay down," County Engineer Cody Greenwood said of the potential for rural roads to become covered overnight. "We'll get back at it at about 4:30 Tuesday morning."
The forecast low for overnight Monday was nine degrees, well below the record low of 13 for the date.