Archive for Thursday, December 2, 2004

Early taste of winter

December 2, 2004

Schoolchildren in Lansing got to start Thanksgiving vacation a day early last week after Mother Nature dropped about 6 inches of snow on the city.

Officials called off school Nov. 24 because of the accumulation.

The early-season surprise sent children to neighborhood hills for a day of sledding. They also took to their front yards for some snowman-building and sidewalk-clearing.

John Young, the city's Public Works Director, said crews had all of the city's streets cleared by 2 p.m.

"We had very little trouble, and it took very little material to melt away the snow," Young said.

The snowfall wasn't without its difficulties. The weight of the snow brought down a power line at Eisenhower Road and Pebble Beach Drive, Leavenworth Fire District No. 1 reported.

The snow also weighed heavy on tree limbs across the city.

Warmer, sunny weather on Thanksgiving Day melted away a lot of the snow, and by the weekend most all of it was gone.

A dusting overnight Monday and during much of the day Tuesday provided a new ground cover. But, alas, the accumulation wasn't enough for officials to call off school again.

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