A CITY OF Pana snow plow clears off South Poplar St. Friday morning, Feb. 22, cleaning up from a winter storm which hit the area late Thursday afternoon and early Thursday night, Feb. 21.
Officially, the city recorded 3.6 inches of snow as a result of the storm. Several “backyard observers” noted anywhere from 4 to 6 inches of snow.
No major problems were reported, but there were a number of vehicles which had to be towed from ditches. The snow fell at a rapid rate. At one time, the National Weather Service estimated the snowfall was at 3 inches an hour. The wind also reduced visibility which did not help drivers. Later in the night, the snow turned to freezing rain, sleet and freezing drizzle.
Most major roadways were cleared before early Friday morning, but secondary and country roads were snow covered and icy, forcing school officials to call off school on Friday.
(Tom Latonis Photo)