Ice storm spreads the freeze

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

He said landlines are already in the database, but people have to call up, or got to the website at to link with the system.

“They are not going to get notifications unless they sign up with their mobiles,” said Ham.

There were some concerns about communications from the EOC during the ice storm. Commissioner Smokey Parrish said he did not receive any communication from emergency management until around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, after the ice had thawed. Members of the press reported the same delay.

The storm that threw the county into lockdown was relatively minor when compared to historical events for late January. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the high temperature was 60 degrees and the low dipped down to 37 overnight, compared to a record low of 21 for the same date set in 1986. The county experienced 0.3 inches of rain although humidity was high.

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, the temperature remained at 37 for the daily high and dipped down to 31 overnight. The was about 0.2 inches of rain and a trace of snow. The record for Jan 29 is also 21 degrees, set in 1928.

Temperatures experienced during the storm bottomed out at 9 degrees below the average low temperature for late January, which is 40 degrees.

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