The winter storm that came through Newton County Tuesday evening resulted in around 20 car accidents (five known by the Covington Police Department, and an estimate of around 15 from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office), plenty of people out of school and work, and a closure of the county and local city offices.
Other than that, Newton County made it through the snowstorm of 2014, all 2 inches of it, in good shape.
Newton County Schools, Library System and health department closed early Tuesday and remained closed through Thursday. Schools are closed again today. General Mills, the Newton County offices and many local businesses and restaurants were not open Wednesday.
Snow started covering the roadways Tuesday afternoon as flurries were spotted at around 11 a.m., and the snow came down in force shortly after 1 p.m.
Public works officials worked through the night, with county workers earning overtime for their efforts in keeping the community safe, and had many of the roads cleared by middle of the day Wednesday.
"We have been fortunate that most of our residents heeded the warnings," Covington Police Department Captain Ken Malcom said