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February 11, 2010

Let it snow ... and it did!!!

Hunt County residents awoke Thursday to the heaviest snowfall in years, with a thick blanket of the frozen white stuff covering cars, lawns and plants.

Although the snow continued uninterrupted and was heavy at times during the day, area streets remained relatively clear, as temperatures remained just above the freezing mark of 32 degrees.

The snow was expected to fall until late Thursday night, with the temperatures dropping just below freezing by morning, leading to concerns of icy roads and significant accumulations of snow.

It was the concern that led to Greenville Independent School District officials decideing to close all campuses today, accordint to district spokesperson Brad Press.

Several other school districts will also be opening late or have canceled classes today.

The snow that was available provided the material for countless numbers of snowmen constructed across the county Thursday, with one reported in Greenville at more than 12 feet tall.

Officials with the City of Greenville and GEUS also remained on alert Thursday night, in the event the weather took a turn for the worse.

“We have implemented our standard procedures,” said Director of Public Works Massoud Ebrahim. “That means we have people and equipment and materials on hand to deal with any issue that comes up tonight.”

GEUS Consumer Services Manager Jimmy Dickey explained the local electric utility system was prepared to contend with ice forming on branches and power lines.

“We have everything gassed up and the chain saws sharpened, just in case it gets icy and slick overnight,” Dickey said.

Hunt County and the surrounding area remained under a winter storm warning as of nightfall Thursday, with the warning expected to last until midnight.

Local snowfall totals were not immediately available, but National Weather Service storm spotters indicated the snow was much heavier in areas to the west and north of Hunt County. Garland and Dallas reported snowfall totals of five inches Thursday evening, with Bonham and areas of Fannin County reporting three inches of snow.

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