January 6, 2010 Edition

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New Year brings
in winter weather

Vivian Heyl
Staff Writer

The new year brought with it a blast of subfreezing temperatures and winter precipitation. Monday saw school closings in the western part of the county with Hillcrest Schools, Imboden Area Charter School and Sloan-Hendrix Schools closed due to snow and ice on county roads.

Trent Geurin with the Lynn Fire Department said that the rural roads were still slick on Tuesday and Hillcrest schools remain closed.

Temperatures began dipping into the teens on Saturday and high temperatures are not expected to be above freezing this week. Tuesday morning saw a low of eight degrees with lows near zero expected on Thursday and Friday.

A winter storm watch has been issued for Lawrence County for Wednesday night and Thursday. The National Weather Service advises that precipitation will begin moving into the area on Wednesday night and continue through Thursday afternoon bringing from two to four inches of snow. That coupled with subfreezing temperatures may cause travel problems for much of the region.

Winds of 20-25 miles per hour with gusts of up to 30 miles per hour are also predicted for the county with wind chill temperatures dropping as low as 15 degrees below zero. The winds are also predicted to cause snowdrifts, which could be significantly deeper in some areas.

The predicted winter storm comes on the heals of flooding over the Christmas holidays. Black River was still 4.4 feet above flood level with a reading of 18.4 feet on Tuesday morning. As floodwaters upstream continue to move down the river the level was expected to rise to 19.4 feet by the afternoon before beginning to drop later in the week. Flooded areas are freezing and many are developing significant ice accumulation.

NWS advises that residents should take precautions to keep water pipes from freezing and provide shelter for livestock and pets.

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