12/3/2018 8:06:00 AM s-N-O-w...Not Again! Forecast calls for possible sleet & snow Saturday
2016 Cat Square Christmas Parade
(Lincoln Herald File Photos)
Eden Ledford was Little Miss Cat Square 2016 and Mattie Hoyle was Miss Cat Square that year.
Last year the winners of the Miss Cat Square and Little Miss Cat Square titles were Rachel Palmer and Kasey Sisk. Unfortunately, because of the snow, neither they nor Steve Johnson, elected Mayor in 2017, got to ride in the parade.
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
As a former Assistant Principal, Quita Biggerstaff is not a big fan of snow. "I like it when it doesn't interfere with school--or the parade!" she told us. Last year, the Cat Square Parade got called off because of snow.
Quita and Jamie Houser are co-chairs of the organizing committee that oversees the parade. This year, she created an official Cat Square Christmas Parade Facebook page--and you can keep up with the latest news about the parade there.
At this point, the parade is scheduled for 1 PM Saturday (Dec. 8th). It will start an hour earlier than in the past--at 1 PM. That's so those riding horses in the parade can make it home before dark (many ride their horses to and from the parade).
In 2016, the parade was held in a steady downpour of rain, but in 2017--for safety reasons--it was called off because of snow. Many complained that it should be rescheduled, but the NC DOT requires a 30-day written notice to close roads. This year, the application did set Dec. 15th as an inclement weather alternate date, "but it's not that simple," Biggerstaff told us. "Since the application was approved as written, it would be OK with the DOT, but to have the parade you also have to have the cooperation of the Sheriff's Office, EMS, and NC Highway Patrol. We just hope the forecasters are wrong and we won't get that snow they say is possible--at least not until after the parade."
This past Saturday, the voting took place for the mayor of Cat Square and the selection was made for Miss Cat Square and Little Miss Cat Square. Quita posted on the Facebook page:
Two hundred twenty-one folks voted. Congratulations to all three candidates. Tom Sain is the new Mayor with 158 votes. Gene Leatherman had 33 votes and Bob Dedmon had 27 votes. Four votes were marked incorrectly and discarded. [For anyone who isn't sure, yes, that's the Tom Sain who is the football coach at West Lincoln High School and who just guided his team to its best record and first nine-win season ever.]
Congratulations to Beau Day selected Little Miss Cat Square. Beau is the daughter of Dustin and Sally Day and is a 9-year-old who attends North Brook Elementary School. Congratulations to Kayla Putnam selected as Miss Cat Square. Kayla is a 9th grader at West Lincoln High School and is the daughter of Collin and Jeannie Putnam. The Cat Square Parade is Saturday, December 8 at 1 pm.
Now, about that forecast: the National Weather Service says after a sunny day Friday, it will turn colder over the weekend. Their forecast for Saturday calls for a 40% chance of rain, snow, and sleet with a high near 39. For Saturday night, their forecast says the chance of rain and snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain and sleet will go up to 80%. The Sunday morning low is predicted to be around 29°. For Sunday, they're calling for a 70% chance of rain, snow and sleet, possibly mixed with freezing rain and a high of 39°.
Our favorite computer weather model updated its information Monday morning to less of a chance of snow for Saturday. It's calling for a high of 42° Saturday and just rain--but it's listing the likelihood of that at 70%. It says we'll have a mix of rain, sleet and snow Sunday--but the parade will be history by then.
It's obviously too soon to be more certain about what the weekend weather will be like. Who knows? We could wind up with a sunny day. That would make Quita and Jamie and everyone else VERY happy!
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