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February 4, 2014

Hazardous Winter Weather hits PV

Snow refreeze on the slick side

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Over the last couple of days Garvin County has been like a lot of other places with snow piling up followed by a little bit of melting and then the slippery conditions after a refreeze.

A county official said on Monday there was a varying amount of snow that fell the day before throughout the area.

In the Stratford area it was reported some spots got as much as 8 inches with a few drifts around 10 inches deep. In Elmore City, maybe 4 to 6 inches of snow, while a solid total was seen here in PV.

Regardless of the amount Bud Ramming, Garvin County’s emergency management director, urges motorists to remain cautious when driving because of the slick conditions out there.

“The thing about this snow is it was hit and miss,” said Ramming, shortly after he grabbed a shovel and helped clear the sidewalks surrounding the county courthouse in Pauls Valley.

“Some parts of the county got a lot of snow, while other parts didn’t get as much,” he said about Sunday’s weather system. “I would say on average we got around 5 inches of snow.

“It started to get slick as soon as it started to refreeze.”

All of that left most neighborhood streets and many other roads throughout the county covered with melted snow turned to slush and then ice as temperatures dropped below freezing during the overnight hours.

Ramming said as the weekend snow fell county crews were busy working on some of the county roads that normally see the most traffic.

“The commissioners are doing what they can to clear the snow and put sand on the roads, bridges,” Ramming said.

“They’ve been doing what they can on the well traveled roads.”

District 2 Commissioner Shon Richardson said crews from all three districts were out working to clear the roads.

“We bladed some of our major collectors right away,” Richardson said about such roads as Airline. “We try to get to these highly traveled roads first.”

Even with Sunday’s snow and the overnight refreezings this could very well be the best weather seen here for the week.

The reason — the forecast includes the possibility of two more systems dropping even more ice or snow on top of what’s already on the ground.

“This could be the warmest day of the week so what’s on the ground might be here for a while,” Ramming said, referring to Monday.

“There is a chance for more bad weather for this part of the state.”

He reminds drivers to be a little extra cautious when venturing out onto roads impacted by the winter weather.

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