Snow: It came and left

Published 8:13 pm Friday, February 12, 2010

From staff reports

The snow predicted by the National Weather Service in Birmingham arrived later than expected and didn’t stick around.

Dallas County received less than the 3-to-5 inches expected after the front blew in around 7:30 a.m. By 4 p.m. only a few flurries blew around.

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The National Weather Service released Dallas County from its winter storm warning shortly before 4 p.m. But warned motorists the precipitation left on roads and bridges could freeze over as temperatures dropped late Friday night and early this morning.

Some bridges and roads iced over Friday, causing the Dallas County Emergency Management Agency to issue hazardous warnings for the Cahaba Bridge on Alabama Highway 22 W, the railroad bridge in Safford and County Road 2.

Alabama Power reported no power outages in the area.

However, Pioneer Electric reported more than 1,000 homes without power in its four-county service area.

Angie Green, a spokesperson for the cooperative said Friday 826 members were without power in Butler County (526 in the Shackelville/Starlington area and 326 members along Pine Apple Highway) with scattered outages throughout the service territory.

The outages are due to a circuit that has been completely destroyed by downed trees limbs. The outage had been restored, but went out once again, she said.

The Alabama Department of Transportation placed all routes in Wilcox and Marengo under advisories.

None were issued for Dallas, Lowndes, Chilton, Perry and Autauga counties.

The forecast calls for sunshine to return today with a possibility of another storm front moving through on Sunday.