Cass County schools cancel classes Tuesday, shovels and plows hard at work

By: Kevin Lewis Email
By: Kevin Lewis Email

By Tuesday evening, Michiana had reached nearly 100 hours of snow fall after the first flurries appeared late Friday night. While it's been a headache for drivers across the area, it’s one they won't have to battle for the next few days. That’s because the National Weather Service cancelled its lake effect snow warning Tuesday at 7 p.m.

However, remnants of the snow are still fresh across Michiana, especially for viewers in Berrien and Cass Counties. Take for example the folks in Dowagiac and Cassopolis that have seen anywhere from 12 to 16 inches of snow come down in only four days.

After another round passed through Monday night, adults woke up Tuesday morning to more shoveling as many kids slept in, thanks to a snow day.

If the snow paid a penny per pound shoveled, Pat Kelley would be one rich man.

"You can't tell that I shoveled the drive last night. This has sure kept us occupied already this winter,” Kelley said as he shoveled his driveway for the third time in as many days.

Sixteen inches was a lot for the town of Cassopolis to handle.

"I got an instant alert on my phone early this morning as the kids were still asleep,” Kelley added.

The alert came from the Cassopolis Public School District and notified parents that school was cancelled.

"My brother came running into my room and said, ‘Karley, look out the window.’ And I freaked out,” ten-year-old Karley Kelley recalled.

So as her dad shoveled the driveway and sidewalks, the fifth-grader worked at her guesstimating skills in the front yard.

"This might be eight inches. I’m not sure actually, maybe it’s a foot,” Karley figured as she looked at the snow accumulation.

"No they sure do not help me out. If they’d shovel it would be a lot easier, but they’d rather have fun,” Kelley said jokingly.

With his daughter working numbers, his son was busy plowing down at the local sledding hill.

"Do you feel bad for your dad,” NewsCenter 16’s Kevin Lewis asked Colin Kelley. “Not really, I do help him shovel sometimes. You know though, without him everyone would have trouble on the roads,” Colin said as he took a break from the hill.

You see, Colin’s father Pat Kelley had much more snow shoveling ahead, but this time behind the wheel of a snow plow.

"I plowed all morning. Then I went home and plowed my driveway during lunch only to come back and plow the roads all over again,” Kelley said.

For a dad of 12 years and a plow driver for three, Pat Kelley sure carried a shovel full of responsibility.

"When you live here it makes you take pride in your work. You just try and make sure the roads are all good and safe to drive on,” Kelley said as he drove back to the Cassopolis Public Works Department.

Cassopolis schools were not alone. Dowagiac Union, Edwardsburg and Lewis Cass Intermediate School District were all out of session as well Tuesday. However, against most students’ wishes, class will likely be back in session Wednesday with only a dusting to two inches expected Tuesday night.

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