This was the scene that greeted folks at Rock Creek Camp Friday morning after an Arctic front blew through and sleet pummeled the Possum Kingdom Lake area and all of Palo Pinto County. (Susan Lyles)
Wednesday s dawn was cold as temperatures fell into the lower 20s overnight. Thursday night s ice storm still covered many areas, although roads had improved significantly. (Mark Engebretson)
Arctic air swept into Palo Pinto County last week and held a tight grip until Tuesday.
Last Thursday, sleet and freezing temperatures began, prompting schools to close early and cancel after-school events.
All county schools were closed Friday and Monday as ice-covered roads made travel hazardous. Several remained closed Tuesday and a few opened late Wednesday.
In Palo Pinto, County Judge David Nicklas closed the courthouse just after 1 p.m. Thursday, and it remained closed Friday. Initially, the courthouse was to reopen at 10 a.m. Monday, but again road conditions were treacherous, prompting Nicklas to close down Monday as well. The courthouse reopened at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The Palo Pinto County Appraisal District also shut down Monday, with those wanting to appear before the Appraisal Review Board needing to reschedule appointments.
Weather reports showed most of Palo Pinto County received two inches of sleet with a swath from just northeast of Palo Pinto through Graford and into Parker County receiving 3 inches.
Traffic along Interstate 20 came to a standstill with Texas Department of Public Safety troopers closing I-20 access at Highway 281 for a time.
TxDOT showed I-20 was closed between Highway 281 and Highway 4.
County Emergency Management Coordinator Buddy Harwell reported that the First Baptist Church in Santo and the First Baptist Church in Gordon opened doors for stranded travelers.