By CLINT FOSTER
North Texas residents were hit by an early blast of winter last weekend when freezing temperatures and, in many areas, sleet and ice blew through. Mineral Wells in particular was hit by heavy sleet on Friday afternoon. Although the weather was not quite as bad as many forecasters predicted, it still caused some problems for local people and events.
Three sporting events were effected by the ice as both the girls and boys basketball teams saw their Friday games cancelled due to poor road conditions – the Lady Rams were at home against Lipan and the boys were on the road against Burkburnett. Icy roads also forced a second round Class 3A Division II playoff game between Graham and Glen Rose at Ram Stadium to be postponed from Friday night until Saturday afternoon.
For those that did brave the slick streets, there were a few accidents. The Mineral Wells Police Department responded to five accidents over the weekend, but it would appear that only one could have been directly connected to ice. During the sleet storm on Friday, just before 1 p.m., police responded to a wreck in the 200 block of West Hubbard Street. According to the MWPD crash report, the driver of a 1997 tea-colored GMC Sierra lost traction in the outermost, westbound lane and began to spin, crossing two lanes and striking a vehicle parked in a loading area off the roadway. Driver inattention and unsafe speed were also listed in the report as contributing factors. No one was injured in the accident.
Mineral Wells also saw its share of power outages because of the stormy weather. Oncor Electric Area Manager Ken Harris told the Index that, although it was not as bad as in some other areas to the south, Mineral Wells did see a few small power outages spread throughout the city this weekend.