One last icy bite of winter?



Marion County, along with most of Kansas, experienced yet another blast of late winter as freezing participation coated trees, plants, wheat fields?well, anything outdoors?with a layer of ice last Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. The storm left magical images, including an ice-encased peach-tree bud (left photo). But the ice also caused some damage, particularly to Bradford pear trees that had just come into full bloom the previous day.

The one pictured below snapped into several pieces, causing minor damage to a car parked along Grand Avenue in Hillsboro. By Thursday morning the clouds had disappeared and the morning sun lit up the outdoors, including the Statue of Liberty replica at Memorial Park. By Friday the ice was gone. Temperatures ascended into the 60s and 70 by the weekend?with yet another significant cool down predicted for the middle the first day or two of this week.




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