February 15, 2012 Edition

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Front causes little trouble

Vivian Heyl
Staff Writer

Lawrence County dodged the bullet on Monday as a massive winter storm front moved across the area over the course of the day. Although heavy moisture was available in the front most of the area escaped the predicted one to four inches of snow and another possible inch of ice because the moisture was unable to condense and fall to the ground until late in the morning in most areas.

With temperatures hovering just above the freezing point snow began falling in earnest by 11 a.m. but melted on contact with the pavement. The snowfall remained heavy until mid afternoon when it changed over to sleet and then finally to rain which quickly changed frozen precipitation to slush and then melted it.

The 911 Center reported that there were only four minor accidents due to road conditions during the inclement weather. An accident on the Black River Bridge at Black Rock briefly closed the bridge while officers cleared the scene.

Lawrence County Cooperative School, Imboden Area Charter School, Sloan-Hendrix and Hillcrest schools were closed for the day. Hoxie Public Schools closed at 1 p.m. and the Lawrence County School District closed at 2 p.m.

"We came through the day with remarkably few problems," said Sherri Sparks with Lawrence County Communications Center.

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