Lake Olney was almost completely frozen by Sunday, Dec. 8. (Photo by Angela Jacoba)
Olney residents, along with others throughout the area and much of Texas, spent last weekend huddled inside due to frigid temperatures and treacherous road conditions. An Arctic cold front blew in Wednesday, Dec. 4, and met with moist air on Thursday, Dec. 5, to bring freezing rain, sleet and snow to the city.
After peaking at 36 degrees on Dec. 5, Olney saw temperatures dip into the teens that night. The high on Friday, Dec. 6, was only 21 degrees, and that night the low hit 14 degrees, according to the city's official thermometer at City Hall.
While Olney was spared much of the freezing rain that caused major power outages and travel problems throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area well into Monday, travel conditions became dangerous enough for Olney ISD officials to cancel school on Dec.
An Arctic blast met with moisture to cover the majority of North Texas with a blanket of ice, sleet and snow beginning Thursday, Dec. 5.Main Street was covered with ice early Friday, Dec. 6. (Photo by Tommye Leemann)
6. Though much of the ice melted thanks to slightly higher temperatures and some sunshine before Monday, Dec. 9, school opened at 10 a.m.
Employees with the Texas Department of Transportation joined others throughout the state in working 12 hour shifts, patrolling area highways and clearing the roads once improved conditions and higher temperatures began melting the ice that had accumulated on the roads.
The city of Olney reported no major issues due to the weather, and Olney Police Department Chief Barry Roberts said his officers also enjoyed a quiet weekend.
"We had a couple cars that slid into ditches," he said, noting those vehicles were pulled out by other citizens without any reported injuries. "There were no accidents or anything like that.