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Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 4:06 pm, Thu Sep 6, 2012.

By Holly Wise

The Cove Herald

A cold front swept through Central Texas over the last seven days that had schools closing, left roads slippery, and prompted mandatory rolling blackouts from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

On Feb. 4 school was canceled in Copperas Cove and in the surrounding public school districts and colleges. The area was blanketed in snow Friday morning, which made road conditions hazardous in the early morning hours.

The Copperas Cove Police Department reported three accidents Thursday evening and 13 accidents Friday.

Due to the rolling blackouts, traffic lights throughout Copperas Cove were inoperable, and were replaced with stop signs and police officers directing traffic.

Copperas Cove Public Works Director Bob McKinnon said crews started sanding the roads Thursday night.

"We had our people out from about midnight Thursday sanding roads throughout the night and into (Friday) morning," he said. "We also put up some (warning) barricades at different areas."

Despite the novelty of winter weather in Copperas Cove, McKinnon said the city had a supply of sand.

"We had it on hand in the trucks ready to go with our spreaders along with everything else," he said. "We always keep sand on hand when we hear on the weather or get an advance weather report that there's a possibility of freezing rain or ice."

By noon Friday, the sun was shining and most of the snow had disappeared.

Warmer temperatures heated up the region last weekend, but was merely a tease for another cold front that had schools locking their doors again Wednesday.

Freezing rain and sleet began falling Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, leaving roadways slippery.

The Copperas Cove Police Department reported no accidents Wednesday.

Snow flurries fell briefly Wednesday morning, but near noon, the ice was mostly melted and the snow had stopped.

After enduring frigid temperatures for several days, Copperas Cove residents can expect this weekend to be sunny and warm with highs in the upper 60s and 70s on Saturday and Sunday.

Warm temperatures are expected into next week with a high of 76 on Wednesdays, leaving the arctic cold front and snow days a thing of the past.

Contact Holly Wise at hwise@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7474.

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