|Crews prep for worst from winter storm|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Nov. 30, 2006 - As predicted, the winter storm blew into Sulphur Springs around midnight Wednesday, bringing with it cold winds. Temperatures began dropping drastically around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday from the 70s and continuing down to the 40s, and brought with it winds and light rains.
In other areas of the county, especially in Pickton and around Como, some residents reported amounts of rainfall ranging from 1 inch to 3 inches overnight.
Temperatures hovered between 35 and 40 degrees at day break Thursday morning in Sulphur Springs, and stood at 34 degrees at noon.
Local school districts, city and department of transportation crews continued to monitor the weather conditions into the day Thursday, with teams on standby should conditions make roadways unsafe.
County firefighters were put on standby overnight in case conditions worsened before anticipated, requiring their assistance.
Texas Department of Public Safety workers had all of their trucks outfitted with spreader boxes, and crews were monitoring conditions regularly throughout the day. They also had equipped pickups with de-icer boxes in readiness for slick, icy road conditions. Officials said they would re-evaluate the situation after lunch today to determine whether day and night crews needed to be designated to be on call throughout the next 24 hours.
The city of Sulphur Springs also has staff and equipment on standby, but at noon were not anticipating road conditions bad enough to require sanding. The South Broadway Street and League Street bridges generally are the most problematic areas, and TxDoT handles de-icing of bridges. City officials said rain causing an oily, slick film on streets was more of a concern for motorists at noon than icy roadways.
The forecast called for temperatures to drop below freezing sometime in the afternoon, with periods of snow, freezing rain and sleet in the afternoon. Total snow accumulations were projected at less than half an inch. The overnight low is forecast at 22 degrees, which could mean slick roads on Friday morning.