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DREMC reports icing on lines and trees seen in service area

Posted on Monday, February 16, 2015 at 11:36 am

LOGO Duck River ElectricDuck River Electric Membership Corp. districts are conducting line patrols and monitoring weather conditions as a wintery mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow moves through the service territory. Temperatures vary west to east, ranging from below freezing conditions to the mid-30s.

Icing on power lines, limbs and trees can occur above 32 degrees. Freezing rain causes a rapid buildup of ice that can weigh down lines and nearby vegetation, leading to system damage and power outages.

At mid-morning on Monday, Feb. 16, DREMC had no outages attributed to the winter weather. However, this could change as freezing precipitation continues through the day.

Around 10 a.m., the following conditions were reported:

Columbia – Ice on lines and trees, perhaps a tenth of an inch, with slick roads and hazardous driving conditions.

Lewisburg – Sleet mixed with rain and icing on lines and trees of one-tenth inch or less.

Shelbyville – Mix of precipitation but increasing ice in Unionville area.

Manchester – Mainly rain, but it is freezes on contact with surfaces. Less than one-tenth inch buildup, except in northern Coffee County where more was observed.

Decherd – Mainly rain at 35 degrees. Minor icing had started at Sewanee.