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<p>Falling snow in Paris: Very large snowflakes were falling in Paris Friday morning.</p>

Falling snow in Paris: Very large snowflakes were falling in Paris Friday morning.

Paris residents awoke to a frozen landscape Friday morning.

The sleet which had fallen overnight ended shortly after 7 a.m. and transitioned to snow. The area could get between three and five inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

The weather caused school superintendents in the area to close schools Friday. Schools were also closed Thursday, when this blast of Arctic weather brought rain to the area. Temperatures Thursday were in the low 30s throughout the day. The Logan County Courthouse in Paris is also closed Friday, as are many businesses. The city office is open.

Traffic in the city was moving well on major roadways. However, all streets are covered with a layer of sleet and snow. There have been no traffic accidents reported in the city, according to a dispatcher for the Paris Police Department.

The dispatcher also said there there were numerous reports of downed limbs on road surfaces.

“We’ve had to start making a list because we have more reports of downed limbs than the highway department can handle,” the dispatcher said.

There were very few reports of power outages in the city, according to Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers.

“Electric department crews have been out, but we don’t have any widespread outages,” Rogers said Friday morning. “They just went out to restore power to two residents. We’ve also had a few reports of limbs across the road, but not many.”

Three accidents have been reported in the county since Thursday, according to Logan County Chief Deputy Sheriff David Spicer.

“Two of them were on Carbon City Road,” Spicer said. “The other was on Highway 22 at Caulksville.”

Spicer said there have been numerous reports of downed trees and limbs.

“We’ve had several reports about downed limbs across Highway 309 south of Paris,” Spicer said Friday morning. “There are also reports of tree limbs down across Highway 309 at the entrance to the Paris City Lake. We’ve also had reports of tree limbs down across Highway 22, east of Subiaco. We’ve more calls about trees and limbs down than anything else.”

According to the National Weather Service forecast, the snow will end early Friday afternoon, but bitterly cold temperatures will continue into the weekend.

The high Friday is predicted to be 29 with a low Friday night of 9. Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a high of 26 and a low of 21. There is a 10 percent chance of precipitation. Sunday, there is a 30 percent chance of a winter mix falling. The high is predicted to be 31 with a low of 23.

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