Emergency 911 dispatchers told The Brazil Times they were grateful for the ongoing good-luck streak. Approximately nine minor accidents and slide-offs were reported Saturday-Sunday, and no serious weather related accidents were reported to either the Clay County Emergency 911 Dispatch center or to the Brazil City Police Department as of late Monday afternoon.
Residents were prepared for the foul winter weather that arrived this weekend, which officials believed helped keep the number of traffic mishaps low.
"We've had a few slide-offs, but nothing major," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said.
On Monday, two accidents occurred within the city limits -- one weather related accident and a non-weather related accident.
Shortly after 11 a.m., Patrolman Todd Stemm was following a reckless driver who was allegedly traveling too fast for the weather conditions and rear-ended another vehicle near the intersection of Vandalia and Unites States 40. The driver was arrested and booked into the Clay County Justice Center for reckless driving.
Shortly after 3:30 p.m., BCPD Patrolman Andy Whittington and the Brazil City Fire Dept. responded to an accident at a stoplight at the intersection of Murphy Ave. and United States 40. Although Whittington is still investigating the accident, apparently one of the two vehicles failed to stop, causing the collision that forced one of the vehicles into and damaging a parked car at Hughes Auto Sales, 1505 E. National Ave.
TransCare took three victims to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.
Although temperatures stayed below freezing Monday, warmer temperatures later this week could bring another round of rain mixed with snow this weekend.
But the blast of winter weather won't be enough to create a white Christmas, according to WTWO Meteorologist Jessie Walker.
"Our area should be on the warm side of this weather front coming in from Texas, making it a rain event for us," Walker said, adding that there is a possibility of cooler temperatures and a dusting of snow. "But, at this time, I believe the temperatures will just be too warm for whatever snow we do get to stick."