‘Most snow I’ve seen in Vicksburg’|Ice concern today as white blanket melts away

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 13, 2010

The snow is melting, but the cold will stick around and the next weather maker will be rain, forecasters say.

A total of 6 1/2 inches of snow fell in Warren County, according to the National Weather Service in Jackson. Temperatures today will be in the mid-40s with sunshine, and the lows will be in the 30s tonight. Sunday’s high will be around 50.

“(The snow) has moved out of the area, but there’s a (70 percent) chance for rain Sunday morning,” said NWS meteorologist Jim Fairly.

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A concern today, said Warren County Road Manager Richard Winans, will be ice on bridges.

No county roads were closed Friday, he said. “We got real lucky because we got wet snow that turned into slush.”

As long as the white stuff stuck around on Friday, folks were out playing.

“I was up all night watching it,” said Johnny Shelly, who spend the day building a snowman with his 2-year-old son, Jamarian, at their Lane Street home. “This is my first time building (one). It’s real fun.”

On Drummond Street, Ed Schilling and his wife, Anita, crafted a 9-foot-high snowman — with some help.

“It was just fantastic,” he said. “This is the most snow I’ve seen in Vicksburg, and I’ve been here since 1983. All of the neighborhood kids came out and helped.”

On high ground at Fort Hill, some were using the snow to do something not usually possible in Vicksburg.

Tammy Allen, a Vicksburg resident who moved to Colorado a few years ago and took up snowboarding, said, “It was my first time to snowboard (here) — something I thought I would never get to do. We had on our snow boots and all of our snow gear.”

Allen, her husband, Nathan, and their son Nicholas, 3, moved back to Vicksburg a year ago.

The snow ushered in some headaches, too.

Entergy spokesman Don Arnold said by noon Friday 3,000 power outages were reported in Warren County, up from 213 that morning. By Friday night, he said, crews had restored electricity to about two-thirds of customers.

“The more snow we got, the more outages there were,” he said. “Trees get loaded with snow, and fall off because of the weight of the snow. We should have everyone back up by lunchtime (today).”

The outages, Arnold said, were scattered mainly in areas south of Interstate 20.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said the day “went quite well.”

“Within the last 24 hours, we worked 10 accidents,” he said Friday evening. “Most of the wrecks were weather-related, and there were three wrecks with injuries, but nothing appeared life-threatening.”

In one of the wrecks, reported at 4:10 Friday morning, a Vicksburg man’s pickup crashed into a tree while westbound on Letourneau Road, said Sgt. John Elfer of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Charles L. Nolan, 55, 75 Mallet Road, was taken to River Region Medical Center, and was in good condition Friday night, said hospital spokesman Diane Gawronski.

In the city, police Lt. Davey Barnette said “road closed” signs had been placed at steep hills such as the one at Clay and Cherry streets, and on part of South Street. Those could be lifted, depending on conditions, he said.

In the county, road crews spend Friday scouting for fallen trees. Winans said about eight trees fell, but were cleared quickly.

Contact Manivanh Chanprasith at mchan@vicksburgpost.com