2010-01-14 / Front Page

Ranchers Break Ice During Hard Freeze

Local ranchers were in their pastures daily last weekend, breaking ice on their water troughs and stock tanks so that their livestock could get to water. Thin sheets of ice covered area tanks, regardless of size and depth, during last Friday and Saturday’s record breaking cold. Some ranchers reported 13° early Friday morning and 17° early Saturday morning.

Temperatures did make it to the upper 30’s on Saturday before dropping back into the low 20’s Saturday night into Sunday morning, but Friday, the temperature did not get above freezing in most parts of Lee County.

The National Weather Service predicts the weather to warm over the next several days, but warns that heavy rains may cause local flooding Thursday of this week, into Friday.

In the picture below, ice is seen formed on a small stock tank located near FM 696 E outside of Lexington.

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