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Most Shelby Countians could do without a repeat of last weekend’s brief but furious snowstorm that dumped a few inches of snow around the county.
Officials at the National Weather Service in Louisville say that former dismal scenario shouldn’t be in the picture this week and maybe not for the rest of February.
“We’re looking at relatively benign conditions tonight and tomorrow,” NWS Meteorologist Linda Gilbert said Tuesday.
Those benign conditions include dry and mild weather into at least Thursday, with some chance of rain Thursday night and Friday.
But by the weekend, the rain should move out, Gilbert said.
More good news, with temperatures in the mid-40s throughout the week.
Gilbert said the NWS doesn’t do an extended forecast in as far in advance as almanacs do, but he does predict 30 days into the future.
“Our climate prediction center says our one month outlook calls for slightly above average temperatures, and precipitation about normal,” Gilbert said.
That’s in keeping with the prediction of Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog who makes his yearly forecast each year on Feb. 2.
In spite of the early spring predicted this year by the pampered rodent, road department officials say they are prepared for any further weather conditions like the snow last week that
closed down schools, knocked out power to hundreds of customers, and blew frigid temperatures into Shelby County.
On Saturday, about 2 inches of snow fell in varying amounts around the county, and schools canceled all their extracurricular events. That came after schools were closed because of slick conditions on Friday morning.
Collins High School’s basketball Homecoming has been rescheduled for this Saturday against Harrison County. That will be only a boys’ game, at 7:30 p.m.
Shelby County’s 30th District game at Anderson County, postponed on Friday, was played Monday night.