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December 10, 2013

Area road conditions improve

MT. VERNON — Road conditions have improved considerable in the Jefferson County region, following a winter storm on Friday that resulted unofficially in about a foot of snow in Mt. Vernon.

According to Register-News weather reporter Virginia Moorhous, the city had eight inches of snow overnight Thursday, and another three inches on Friday, resulting in the 12-inch 48-hour total. There was no precipitation on Saturday, but cold temperatures allowed for little melting on the city and county's main roadways. There were some reports of a light freezing rain overnight Sunday.

Temperatures warmed up into the high 20's on Monday, and the warming trend is expected to continue through Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to go back down into the high 20's on Thursday as a cold front approaches, but back up into the mid- to upper-30's by Friday.

The National Weather Service predicted the Mt. Vernon area would get another one-inch of snowfall on Monday night.

"We're finally doing some good. The last couple of hours the snow has begun to peel off the road," said Matt Fauss, Mt. Vernon's Public Works director, around noon on Monday. "We'll work a couple of extra hours tonight while the weather is cooperating."

He added, "We've still got some roads in bad shape, but the next four or five hours we should be looking pretty good, except maybe some remote side roads."

Both the city and the county experienced various mechanical problems with its equipment during the weekend.

"We started off with seven trucks, got down to three, and now we're up to four," Fauss said, noting there were various kinds of mechanical breakdowns.

"We had two trucks off the road at the same time on Friday night, and we've had a truck in here (maintenance garage) almost all the time since the storm began," said Brandon Simmons, Jefferson County Highway Department engineer.

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