By Trent Moore
Snowball fights were raging and snowmen were popping up all over Cullman on Sunday, as the county was buried under inches of snow brought on by a rare March snowstorm.
Kurt Weber, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Cullman County averaged nearly two inches of accumulation — though there were isolated reports of up to three or four inches of snow in some areas.
“It varied widely,” he said.
With many roads still frozen early in the day, numerous local churches canceled services as a precaution. According to the Associated Press, more than 200 churches across the southeast did not meet Sunday morning.
Cullman Emergency Management Agency Director Phyllis Little said there were no major problems caused by the snowfall, except for potentially dangerous driving conditions.
“Other than some folks sliding off the roads, a few minor accidents and a couple of trees down, there wasn’t much else,” she said.
There were eight automobile accidents in the Cullman area Sunday, which is slightly above average according to Alabama State Trooper reports. There were no injuries reported, but many wrecks were allegedly caused by the icy conditions.
Brian Lacy, with the Cullman Electric Cooperative, said there were a handful of minor power outages caused by the snow, but no widespread power loss.
“It was just some basic repair work, very minor problems,” he said. “Ice really gives us the most trouble. The snow doesn’t usually create too much of an issue for us.”
Cullman barely missed potentially harsher weather, Weber said, as some counties in middle Tennessee received up to 10 inches — and in some cases a foot — of snow.
“[Cullman] dodged the bullet by not getting the really heavy stuff,” he said. “Luckily, that hit just to the north.”
The snowfall appears to be gone for good this week, Weber said, with mostly clear skies anticipated well into the weekend.
Temperatures are also set to climb as the week goes on, with a high near 60 for Wednesday, and the weekend bringing temperatures in the low 70s.
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By Trent Moore