The winter strikes back

By Matt Lasley mlasley@civitasmedia.com

March 4, 2014

The night of Sunday, March 2 brought with it another bout of snow and ice, which caused the closures of several local businesses, as well as Grayson County Schools on both Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4.

Despite this, the weather caused little to no damage locally, and only four residences reported power outages, which may not have even been weather-related, Head of Grayson County Emergency Management Services Ernie Perkins said.

“It was supposed to be worse than we got,” Perkins said.

Official measurements of the snow and ice have not been taken, but Perkins estimated about four inches of snow and a quarter-inch of ice accumulated locally.

In addition, Perkins said while the number of car accidents that occurred as a result of the weather has not been calculated, there were not as many as could have taken place had more ice accumulated.

Perkins worked diligently with Grayson County Judge-Executive Gary Logsdon and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office to make sure the county was as prepared as possible.

Perkins said he also remained in contact with the American Red Cross in case the organization’s assistance with housing individuals be necessary.

While the threat of ice brought about concern of a repeat of the 2009 ice storm, Perkins said if that storm were to take place today, “it wouldn’t do nearly as much damage.”

“We’re more prepared now than we were in ‘09,” said Perkins.

Sunday’s storm “should be about it” for major winter weather, Perkins said. The forecast shows the temperature will rise later in the week.