Archive for Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Baldwin gets first snowfall of year

January 22, 2003

Baldwin had its first snow day of the year last week.

Snow began falling late Wednesday afternoon and didn't let up until the next morning leaving a five-inch blanket around Baldwin.

But city staff got an early jump on the storm in an effort to keep roads clear.

"The afternoon prior to the storm, they were out putting salt and sand on the roads so there would be traction as the snow came," City Administrator Larry Paine said.

Crews were back out again early Thursday morning.

"They started plowing so they were ahead of the game," Paine said.

But the snow proved to be too much for the Baldwin School District.

Supt. James White said he decided to cancel school after talking with the transportation director.

"We looked at the country roads and they were pretty slick," White said. "When we were making the decision it was still snowing, so we decided it was better to cancel school than take a chance."

The winter storm wasn't all bad news. The snow was a welcome sight for those wanting some sort of precipitation. The week-long burn ban that had been in effect since last Monday was canceled after the mid-week snowfall.

But most of the snow didn't stick around long. By Thursday afternoon, Paine said city crews had cleared a majority of the streets, including the large snow piles downtown.

Temperatures over the weekend warmed up to the forties, melting what was left of last week's snowfall. However, weather forecasters are saying there's another possibility of snowfall today and Friday.

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