Spring weather wreaks havoc on community

By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
Spring weather wreaks havoc on community
SHUT DOWN — When was the last time you saw a “Road Closed” sign leading to I-15 out of Conrad? Officially, a little over 10 inches snow fell in Conrad, smashing a record of 2.5 inches of the white stuff in 1999.
   The snow started falling on Monday night and didn’t let up until late Wednesday afternoon.  Conrad officially received 10.5 inches of snow, but those of us that were in the area, know it was a lot more than that.  Some people had drifts close to six feet high, preventing them from even leaving their house.
   By Tuesday morning road crews were having trouble plowing the snow.  As fast as they plowed, the snow accumulated even faster.  
   The people of Conrad had not seen snow fall like this in April possibly ever.  Prior to the storm the record amount of snowfall for the month was a pedestrian 2.5 inches.  This storm smashed the record, like Cal Ripken Jr. obliterated Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games played record.
   On Wednesday the conditions grew worse as nearly the entire city shut down.  The city office was closed and the post office couldn’t live up to their motto, “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”  I guess they should have added, except for Montana in April to that famous creed.
   The schools all over the area had to call a snow day, not once but twice.  Former CHS Principal Paul Stenerson commented, “In all my years I don’t remember the schools ever cancelling a full day like they did last week, let alone two.”  On Thursday the schools could have opened, but too many teachers that live out of town were unable to make it out of their own driveways, let alone drive to town.