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Freezing rain hits area forecast

Freezing rain hits area forecast

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2008 10:56 pm

 The calendar lists the official start of winter as Dec. 21, but the conditions outdoors say otherwise. Wintry weather that includes freezing rain and possible ice accumulation has been forecast for Obion County — where a freezing rain advisory is in effect through 6 a.m. Tuesday. Intermittent rain continues to fall today as temperatures drop and freezing rain is forecast to continue into the afternoon as temperatures dip into the upper 20s. Ice accumulation of less than a quarter-inch is predicted today. Freezing rain remains in the forecast tonight, with possible ice accumulation up to a quarter-inch, and Tuesday morning. The chance of precipitation falls from 100 percent tonight to 60 percent Tuesday. The chance of rain remains in the forecast daily through Friday, but temperatures are expected to rise well above freezing later in the week. Obion County Highway Superintendent Gary Lofton told The Messenger that his department is prepared for the wintry weather. “We’re got all the snow plow brackets on and we’re stocked up on chips of rock that we spread on ice and we’ve got everybody on standby waiting on the weather,” Lofton said. According to Lofton, the Obion County Highway Department uses chips of rock instead of salt to treat icy roadways because salt corrodes, while the rock gives the traction that motorists need in wintry conditions. While The Messenger has not yet received word of any school closings or early dismissals, weather-related announcements were made at mid-morning regarding two basketball games scheduled for tonight. The Obion County Central High School boys’ and girls’ basketball games at Milan have been postponed, as have the South Fulton boys’ and girls’ home basketball games against Bradford. After press time, any school closings or early dismissals received by The Messenger will be posted on the newspaper’s Web site at www.nwtntoday.com. Reelfoot… (Continued from Page One) “People seemed to really enjoy it. We got a lot of good compliments from citizens.” Jason Henegar of TWRA’s Fisheries Management Division said the trout provide an opportunity for winter fishing, but do not survive as water temperatures rise in spring and early summer. Was that the case at the Union City site? Not at all, according to Thornton. “We never did see any dead fish,” he said. “I don’t know whether they were all fished out or what, but we never did see any.” According to TWRA, the trout to be released at the local pond on Wednesday are part of 82,000 in the winter release program that runs through March. About 50 other communities will also receive TWRA trout. TWRA will stock Martin’s city pond on the same day it stocks the pond at the site in Union City. Published in The Messenget 12.15.08

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