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OC experiences 10 straight days at 32º or lower,but end in sight

OC experiences 10 straight days at 32º or lower,but end in sight

Posted: Monday, January 11, 2010 8:59 pm
By: Chris Menees Messenger Staff Reporter

OC experiences 10 straight days at 32º or lower,but end in sight | OC experiences 10 straight days at 32º or lower,but end in sight
 By CHRIS MENEES Staff Reporter Relief is in sight. High temperatures are expected to rise above the freezing mark this week — after 10 straight days of temperatures that haven’t gotten above 32 degrees. The last day above freezing locally was New Year’s Eve, when the high was 43 degrees, according to official temperatures provided by the A.L. Strub Wastewater Treatment Plant in Union City. The new year dawned with a high of just 30 on New Year’s Day and it’s been downhill ever since. High temperatures reached only the upper 20s from Jan. 2 through Tuesday — with single-digit lows at night — and rose to 32 degrees on Wednesday, followed by highs again in only the upper 20s from Thursday through Sunday. The frigid conditions were accompanied by a light dusting of snow Wednesday night and Thursday and then flurries Friday and Saturday morning. Any measurable precipitation stayed far to the north of Obion County last week. Today’s forecast calls for highs in the upper 30s, with a slight chance of flurries tonight and temperatures falling back into the mid-20s. Mostly sunny skies Tuesday will bring highs in the mid-30s, followed by sunny, warmer conditions Wednesday and highs in the upper 40s. Those same conditions are currently forecast to continue through Thursday before clouds settle in Thursday night and Friday, which will be mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain. The chance of rain increases to 40 percent Saturday, with highs staying in the mid-40s, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Some icy conditions re-main, however, and the Dorena-Hickman Ferry was closed over the weekend due to ice on the Mississippi River. Ferry Capt. Ed Floyd halted ferry operations for the day about 3 p.m. Friday due to ice accumulating at the mouth of Hickman (Ky.) Harbor. The ice presents a safety and navigation hazard for the ferry and, with temperatures well below freezing, ice may continue to hamper ferry operations for several days. Floyd plans to evaluate icing conditions on a day-to-day basis each morning to determine when the ferry can safely resume operation, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The Dorena-Hickman Ferry connects KY 1354 at Hickman, Ky., with Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, Mo. For more information on the ferry and a schedule of operating hours, visit the Web site www.dorena-hickmanferryboat.com. Waterfowl hunters have found some success in recent days as migratory ducks and geese have made their way through on their way south. Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 1.11.10

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