The coldest week of the winter so far wrapped up on Friday with a bought of freezing  rain that left numerous cars off the road and forced the cancelation of area schools for the third consecutive day.

Mother Nature’s latest round of weather moved into the area on Tuesday, when temperatures plummeted from the high 20’s during the day to single digits through the nighttime hours.

A dusting of snow created slippery conditions Wednesday morning, which didn’t improve much thanks to a high for the day of around 10, with a subzero windchill.

The temperature improved just enough on Wednesday to clear the road, but still did not get much higher than freezing.

Temperatures dipped again Thursday night and into Friday morning, coating area roads with a layer of black ice that created slippery conditions as motorists headed to work.

“It was really slick out this morning,” said Sheriff Frankie Springfield. “We worked a bunch of slide-offs, but no damages to vehicles and no injuries.”

Providence police also worked some accidents in the early morning hours, also reporting no injuries.

One motorist slid off of Highway 120 West, only a few hundred feet west of the Bellville Road intersection. Her vehicle fell around ten foot, landing upside down.

“(The driver) walked up the incline with a little help, was checked out by EMTs and was taken home by her husband,” said Providence patrolman Carl Scheer who worked the accident. “She walked away without injury, which was surprising after seeing her car. The Providence Ambulance and Fire Department did an excellent job.”

Temperatures rose into the upper 40’s on Friday, before getting into the 60’s over the weekend, bringing the cold streak to an end with spring-like temperatures.

Webster County Schools were not in session Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of last week. The first two days will be considered Link2Learn Days, and will not have to be made up. Friday was a regular snow day.

Before Friday’s cancelation, the last scheduled day of classes for students was Friday, May 17. The district still has two professional learning days on its schedule, February 18 and April 8, which could be used as makeup days to keep from having to extend the school year.



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