By CLINT FOSTER
Palo Pinto County was sprinkled by light showers Sunday that transformed into light freezing rain as temperatures dipped, making road conditions hazardous for some drivers.
The rains began just before 11 a.m., when the temperature was around 50 degrees. As the moisture continued into the afternoon until almost 5 p.m., temperatures dropped to below freezing at a frigid 28 degrees with close to 20 mph winds and a wind chill around 15 degrees.
Luckily for the City of Mineral Wells, conditions were not particularly bad. Although houses and vehicle windshields were covered in ice, the roads never stayed slick enough to be a danger. The Mineral Wells Police Department responded to no accidents during that period, whether attributed to ice or otherwise.
However, reports indicate northern Palo Pinto County was more adversely affected. The Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office said they received reports from the Brazos River Authority concerning multiple accidents and requests for sand on the roads.
Further reports indicate that the weather in Jack County was even worse and that some motorists were even stranded in Jacksboro.
The Index received no reports of serious injuries or death as a result of any automobile accidents. According to the National Weather Service, Sunday’s high of 50 degrees and low of 28 degrees were somewhat lower than the historical average for the area, but did not set any records. In fact, Mineral Wells’ precipitation level of a fraction of an inch was less than the average for the Dec. 29 at 0.04 inches.