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Ice storm in Greeley County causes little damage

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Ice covered the trees in front of the Greeley County Library on Monday morning. Most of the ice was gone by Monday afternoon.

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Ice covered the trees in front of the Greeley County Library on Monday morning. Most of the ice was gone by Monday afternoon.

The ice, sleet and snow storm this past week in Greeley County was not as bad as predicted. The freezing rain began to fall around noon on Saturday, Jan. 14 and then turned to sleet. There were a few hours on Saturday when the sidewalks and streets were slick, but the temperature rose above freezing to 33º and the ice did not accumulate. The precipitation on Saturday started with a layer of ice, but the freezing rain changed to sleet and snow with temperatures at or above freezing. On Sunday the rain, sleet and snow continued with the Tribune weather station reporting 0.54 inches of precipitation. Again the temperatures on Sunday rose to above freezing and the ice did not badly accumulate on trees or streets. The streets were snow and ice covered on Monday morning, but it soon melted off of the trees and streets with highs reaching 35º on Monday afternoon. There was a quarter inch of ice on trees on Monday morning but it had melted and dropped by early afternoon. The Tribune Sheriff office remarked that they had no reports of power outages in Tribune. There were a few trees limbs that were down on Monday morning in Tribune, but the damage was not extensive. In general people took the storm warnings seriously and stayed off the streets during the storm. City crews were picking up limbs on Tuesday morning. Public Works Supervisor Brock Sloan said that they had hauled away several loads but that most of the limbs were small. Areas east of Greeley County did report more problems from the storm. On Tuesday morning there were reports that much of Dodge City was still without power. The extensive damage was generally east and south of Garden City. The Tribune weather station reported 0.57 inches of precipitation for the week. For the year-to-date the station has received 0.68 inches of moisture, which is 0.41 inches above the normal of 0.27 inches. The National Weather Service precipitation maps showed all of Greeley County receiving moisture. Most of the county received over .50 inches with some sections in the southeast with .25 to .50 inches. Towner reported .63 inches of moisture in the last two days. The high temperature for the week was 61º on Tuesday, Jan. 10 with the high of 60º on Thursday falling to 8º after the cold front moved through that night. The highs were 33 to 35 degrees during the rain, sleet and snow on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The average soil temperatures in Greeley County for the past week were 31º on Jan. 11, 32º on Jan. 12, 31º on Jan. 13, 30º on Jan. 14 and 15, 31º on Jan. 16, and 32º on Jan. 17.
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