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Conditions frigid; snow a near no-show

Conditions frigid; snow a near no-show

Posted: Thursday, January 7, 2010 9:00 pm

Conditions frigid; snow a near no-show | Conditions frigid; snow a near no-show
 So far, a winter storm forecast for Obion County has been half what was initially anticipated. Snow predicted overnight for the area didn’t quite materialize as expected and local residents awoke today to just a light dusting of wintry precipitation. However, frigid conditions remain. National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Duke at the agency’s Memphis office explains northwest Tennessee was likely spared from the winter storm’s wrath due to some dry air that pushed in and got rid of the moisture, as well as the best energy from the system staying well to the north of the area. “The air was mostly dry, a lot of dry air coming in. It squashed any amount of measurable snow,” he said. Duke said the system is not entirely done, though. He said the front is still in northeast Arkansas and some really light snow remains behind it. “There might be a little more, but nothing heavy,” he said early this morning. Today’s forecast from the National Weather Service calls for breezy conditions and less than an inch of snow accumulation throughout the day. Highs are expected to reach the lower 30s before falling into the lowers 20s this afternoon. Scattered flurries and breezy conditions remain in the forecast for tonight, when temperatures will dip to lows of 5 to 10, accompanied by northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph. Wind chill readings are predicted to be as low as 4 below to 9 below 0. Cold conditions and scattered flurries are forecast again Friday, with highs near 15, northwest winds 10 to 15 mph and wind chill readings as low as 4 below to 9 below 0. Flurries remain in the forecast both Friday night and Saturday, when highs will reach only 15 to 20. This morning, there were a few minor accidents reported at scattered locations across Obion County, but nothing serious at press time. Schools in both the Obion County and Union City school systems were in session today and operating on regular schedules. Many local residents had already prepared for the anticipated storm by stocking up on staple food items at local grocery stores and by filling their vehicles’ gas tanks earlier this week. Kentucky conditions Wednesday, as a result of the winter weather warnings initially issued and the cold conditions, the City of Fulton initiated immediate proactive planning and actions to improve residents’ safety. The city’s Public Works Department began pre- treatments of critical road intersections to reduce dangers, which was similar to action taken throughout Obion County in the pre-treatment of major roads prior to Wednesday night. Fulton Assistant Police Chief Jere Hughes said Fulton First Baptist Church will be open for use as a warming center, with hours of operation starting at 5 p.m. today. Usage of the site will be evaluated to determine the activation of additional warming centers or the upgrade of the warming center to a shelter site. Future updates for Fulton residents will be announced through local news media, as well as on the city’s Facebook page and by the Fulton County (Ky.) One Call notification service. Hughes said citizens are encouraged to stay at home and to check on neighbors to ensure no one is without life-sustaining services. If emergency assistance is needed, residents should call 911 or their local law enforcement agency. The Kentucky State Police is still urging motorists to exercise extreme caution when traveling. Tips from the KSP include keeping a full tank of fuel in vehicles in the event of being stranded and keeping emergency supplies — such as blankets, flashlights and high-energy snacks — in vehicles, as well as making sure tail pipes of vehicles are clear of snow or debris when running the car for warmth. Published in The Messenger 1.7.10

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