Lebanon Reporter

March 25, 2013

Early spring snow shuts down county

By Rod Rose
Assistant Managing Editor

Lebanon — Winds kept county highway crews from clearing roads of an early spring storm that began Sunday morning and continued, with a brief interruption, through Monday morning.

“I measured one place at eight inches,” Boone County Highway Superintendent Rick Carney said. “The way it was blowing, it’s hard to say.”

Carney said his crews had been “out all night, trying to get it under control, but the wind isn’t allowing us to get it under control.”

Wind gusts up to 25 mph were recorded by the National Weather Service through mid-morning Monday, causing blowing and drifting in rural areas.

“We didn’t find one corner of the county worse than any other,” Carney said.

Afternoon temperatures rose above freezing, allowing snow to melt from plowed sidewalks and streets. A slight chance of snow was in today’s forecast, with temperatures moderating into the 40s Thursday and Friday.

“That’ll be a big help; it’ll make that top damp, so once we throw it back it’ll stay where we put it,” Carney said.

Lebanon’s streets had been made passable by early afternoon, and crews were in the “plowing back” phase, Street Superintendent Larry Lee said.

“It didn’t catch us by surprise,” Lee said. ”Of course, earlier when they predicted it we didn’t know the amount of snow fall.”

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