MOUNT VERNON — A weekend snow storm came in much milder than expected, but still brought ice and bitter cold.
Knox County Emergency Management Director Mark Maxwell reported Monday that a forecasted eight to 12 inches of snow came in much lower after a rise in temperature Saturday turned the snow into rain.
Emergency shelters readied by the American Red Cross were not activated this weekend, Maxwell said.
No information was available on road conditions this morning. A Level Two snow emergency issued by the Knox County Sheriff was lowered to a Level One this morning.
Knox County Engineer Cameron Keaton said he did not have reports Monday morning from road superintendents, noting they were “either sleeping or working.”
The area was also spared wide-spread power outages. American Electric Power Spokesperson Scott Fuller said the largest outage of the storm occurred Sunday morning in the Fredericktown/Ankneytown Road area when a tree covered in ice fell over some lines. The outage affected 217 customers and was restored within two and a half hours, Fuller said.
Fuller said there were other small spot outages reported.
The snow ended Sunday. Temperatures plunged overnight to below zero.
The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory through noon today, with wind chills as low as 25 below zero. Temperatures are expected to dip below zero again tonight, the NWS reports.