As of Wednesday afternoon, Hancock County had fared well in an ice storm that canceled events in the area and loomed large over everyone’s plans.
“We kind of dodged a bullet so far and we hope to continue to dodge the bullet,” said Kyle Veach, Hancock County’s emergency manager.
Forecasts called for ice overnight Wednesday and into Thursday, and although there had been ice, it wasn’t anything that caused any real problems.
“As of this morning we’ve had less than a hundredth of an inch,” he said Wednesday. “As of this morning there have been no accidents or injuries reported in Hancock County due to weather… Nothing that’s been reported to 911, anyway.”
The threat of weather canceled school on Wednesday and canceled the Hawesville City Council meeting Tuesday night.
Severe weather did hit the area, just not as much here.
“It seems like everything has kind of been pushing further south and to the west and for the most part missing us,” he said.
Ohio and Breckinridge counties are under winter weather warnings, where Hancock is simply under a watch, but there’s more weather coming, which could change things soon.
“The main event’s supposed to be moving in later this afternoon and evening into Thursday evening,” he said. “We’re looking at anywhere between a tenth and a quarter of an inch of ice or sleet.”
“The next several days’ extended forecast is showing temperatures below freezing, so we could be looking at slick conditions – probably not on the roads because they’re being treated – but on sidewalks and yards and parts of parking lots for an extended period of time,” he said.
By Dave Taylor