Thunderstorms, snow cause power outages
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SNOW began falling in the late afternoon of Christmas Day in Gilmer and environs. This was the scene the next morning on the courthouse lawn with the “NOEL” letters looking more appropriate weatherwise than they had for most of this warmer-than-usual December. Next photo is of the Historic Upshur Museum.
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Christmas Day storms—both “thunder boomers” and snow—caused power outages for up to 3,000 Upshur Rural Electric customers.

While it came late in the day, the white precipitation still qualified it as a “White Christmas.”

In Gregg County, a meteorologist said that, as best as can be determined from records, it was the first White Christmas there since 1929.

By sunrise Wednesday, snow accumulation generally seemed to be 2 to 3 inches in Gilmer.

All Upshur Rural’s “outside people,” linemen, etc. were called in and worked much of the day, said office manager Trina Quinn.

“They didn’t get to spend much time with their families, but that’s part of the job,” she said.

That morning, thunderstorms and winds knocked down trees and sent limbs onto power lines, causing outages.

Starting late afternoon, about sundown in Gilmer, snow caused limbs to touch power lines and knocked out power in areas.

“We got hit in the north part of our service area by the snow that evening,” Mrs. Quinn said.

Outages were in Camp County, and Avenger and Hallsville areas.

Thunderstorms had hit the southern part of the co-op’s area, in Gregg and Smith Counties, including the Kilgore area.

Upshur County got hit by both thunderstorm- and snow-related outages, Mrs. Quinn said.

“We had power restored to everybody that night,” Mrs. Quinn said.

SWEPCO also experienced outages, but no major ones occurred in the Upshur County area.
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