Ice adds to weather woes

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 12, 2008

NATCHEZ — Despite the National Weather Service’s prediction of up to four inches of snow for Thursday, many Natchez residents just woke up to cold rain and sleet.

And while there wasn’t enough ice for a snowman, there was enough to make for dicey driving conditions.

Adams County Sheriff Ronny Brown said many of the county’s lesser-used roads did manage to accumulate ice and send several drivers skidding off road.

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Brown estimated 15 minor accidents occurred across the county as motorists took to the roads Thursday.

Brown said most of the accidents happened as drivers were headed to work around 7:30 a.m.

“It all just came at once,” Brown said.

Natchez resident Sherman Netterville was driving to work, close to 5 a.m., on U.S. 61 South when his truck hit an ice patch on the Homochitto River Bridge.

“The only thing I remember when I hit the bridge was I slid, and I just flew,” Netterville said.

When Netterville lost control of his truck, it crashed into the side of the bridge.

And while Netterville was not injured in the accident — his truck was not as lucky.

The front passenger side was caved in and the windshield was cracked.

“I didn’t want to jam on the breaks, but I hit the bridge,” he said. “I thought I was going to go over the bridge.”

The accident occurred at approximately 4:40 a.m., Netterville said.

Adams County Civil Defense Director Stan Owens said he was unaware of any de-icing measures put in place by either the city or the county.

Owens said MDOT did use a de-icing agent on the Mississippi River Bridge because some spots began to collect ice.

And while Owens, like other locals, said he was a little disappointed the snow never came, he said he’s actually glad it missed the county.

“It would have been a headache for first responders,” he said.

National Weather Service forecaster Chad Entremont said the southern most portion of Adams County only accumulated about one inch of snow.

And Thursday’s glum start will all be a thing of the past by today.

Entremont said today’s forecast calls for sunny skies with lows in the 30s for tonight.

“It should be a nice day,” he said.