Area hit with 15 inches of snow, record low temps

January 31, 2019

By John Raffel
Correspondent

This week’s major snowstorm is one area residents will be talking about for a long time.

At least this is the consensus of a lot of people including Osceola County commissioner and Evart area resident Roger Elkins.
“Numerous places were closed and those that were open closed early,” Elkins said late Tuesday afternoon. “Some of them that started out (Tuesday) closed and went home. The highway, U.S. 10 and M-66, has been plowed, but were still snow covered and slippery. It’s been too cold.

“City streets, at least the ones I’ve been on, everything is still open. I’ve been in Evart for 50 years in winters and I’ve never seen a time in Evart where you couldn’t get from one place to amother. If I can get out of my driveway, I can drive anyplace in town. The city crew did a phenomenal job keeping the streets open.”

M-61 was closed for about three hours due to a log hauler that lost control, hit another truck and lost his load.

M-61 was closed for about three hours due to a log hauler that lost control, hit another truck and lost his load.

A pile of snow that has resulted from all the snow that’s been cleared in downtown Evart is about as high of a pile as Elkins can ever remember.

Area schools have been closed since Monday.

“I’ve only been on one major county road, 80th Avenue,” Elkins said. “And that was plowed and opened. But I’m sure there are other county roads that will be open.”

Elkins still recalls the major storm from 1978 which is similar to this one.

“U.S. 10 was closed, a section between Evart and Reed City,” Elkins said. “The highway is open, but it’s a mess out there. The cold weather doesn’t help it.”

Classes were also closed midweek at Ferris State University in Big Rapids and Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.
“This will be one we’ll talk about for awhile, I’m sure,” Elkins said.



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