While a winter storm slammed other parts of Georgia with ice and snow, Troup County emerged relatively unscathed and better weather is on the way.
LaGrange received rain, snow and sleet Wednesday afternoon, leaving a dusting of iciness on the ground. But the mercury held steady at 32 most of the day and overnight, and most roads remained clear.
An inch of precipitation fell in downtown LaGrange from 8 a.m. Wednesday until 7 a.m. today, and light snow was falling this morning, but no accumulation was forecast.
With skies clearing today and a high in the upper 40s, the snow and ice will begin to melt. But the mercury is expected to fall below 32 tonight, giving any remaining moisture a chance to refreeze and causing the potential for black ice on roads.
Friday’s outlook is for a high in the mid-50s, a low of 32 and a 40 percent chance of rain at night.
The weekend should see sunny skies, highs in the mid- to upper 50s and lows in the lower 30s.
Normal extremes for this time of year in LaGrange are 58 and 33.
Hundreds of county residents were briefly without power Wednesday, according to Diverse Power manager of construction and maintenance Kirk King.
King said beginning midday Wednesday power outages began, but all power was restored with an hour or two for residents.
“We began taking a look taking trees back to prevent a lot of outages,” he said.
Power outages were reported throughout the night as well, he said. All reported outages occurred in the northern parts of LaGrange from Highway 27 and spread through areas of Hogansville, Greenville and Pine Mountain, said King.
Nearly 160 residences were without power at one time.
Diverse Power crew will continue patrolling the streets today to check for trees or limbs hanging on power lines.
There were no power outages reported in the city of LaGrange, according to LaGrange Utilities Director Patrick Bowie, but the crew is being sent to assist with outages in East Point.
West Point Utility Director Sammy Inman reported no power outages. Hogansville officials could not be reached.
Several bridges began to freeze, said Chris Prather, LaGrange’s superintendent for the street department, and crews were continuously salting the bridges throughout the evening and night.
Despite the downpour of ice and sleet, many motorists were able to avoid any serious problems around Troup County.
LaGrange police Lt. Mark Kostial said only five accidents were reported from Wednesday to today in the city limits, with only two injuries – one short of the daily average that the LaGrange Police Department responds to.
West Point and Hogansville police departments each reported one accident with no injuries.