Winter storm reaches Logan County
Meteorologists estimate that Logan County received approximately 8 inches to 10 inches of snow.
By 5 p.m. Feb. 15, it was still snowing, County Judge Ray Gack said.
He said the last time he could remember having a snowstorm like this was when he was a child.
Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers agreed.
“I don’t know that I've seen it in my lifetime, maybe in the late 80s or something," Rogers said.
At 9 a.m. Feb. 15, Blue Mountain had 7 inches of snow, said Tyler Snider, a forecaster with the Tulsa branch of the National Weather Service. Subiaco had about 3 inches of snow at 6:15 a.m. Feb. 15.
On average, eastern Logan County got 6 to 8 inches, and central Logan County got about 3 to 4 inches on Feb. 15, said Erik Green, a meteorologist with the Little Rock branch of the National Weather Service.
“We had an early initial wave last night that maybe dropped an inch or two," Green said about Feb. 14 night.
About midnight of that night, it started snowing and didn't stop again until 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. Monday, Green said.
Feb. 17 saw “another pretty potent system moving into the location," Green said.
On Feb. 17, the county saw another 2 inches to 4 inches, said Justin Condry, a meteorologist with the Little Rock branch of the National Weather Service.
The concern on Saturday was that black ice would develop after the snow began its initial thaw on Friday. The snow was expected to thaw Friday during the day and then refreeze that night, Condry said.
On Monday, Gack had four snowplows out clearing county roads. He estimated it would take two to three days to clear off the main county roads.
He's also had the snowplows work on clearing off the entryway to the jail.
“But I would encourage everybody to stay off the roads unless they absolutely have to go. They need to stay home," Gack said about driving while snow was on the ground.
The city of Paris does not have any snowplows, but workers used backhoes to clear off the entryway to the hospital, Rogers said. They also used backhoes to clear off the road to the water plant.
As of Feb. 15 afternoon, there had been no major wrecks in the city. There had also been no power outages.
But Rogers said in a text that the city is asking customers to conserve energy and other utilities voluntarily, so they don't overload the grid.
Many Paris businesses closed because of the snow.
The city's trash service was still running amid the snow. Rogers said the workers allotted extra time to be careful driving in the snow.
“The snow combined with the temperature is just pretty crazy for our part of the county," Rogers said.