DeSoto County students enjoy unexpected day off from school

By Chip Washington - bio | email

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - Unexpected snowfall meant a day off from school Monday for students in DeSoto County.

In Olive Branch, folks both big and small were at the ready with sleds of all kinds and snowballs at the ready. Diane White said the surprise snowfall was a treat for her children.

"They've been having so much fun throwing snowballs, making angels and sledding," she said. "We took them over to the Country Club to sled, but when it starting melting we brought them over here."

At Olive Branch's city park, even the ducks and gulls joined the fun by braving the elements.  Meanwhile, Riley Marsh took advantage of the rare snowfall by jumping on a sled for the first time ever.

"It was really fun, I guess, because I got to spend it with my friends," he said of the surprise day off from school.

At Olive Branch City Hall, things were quiet, but Mayor Sam Rikard, a certified meteorologist, kept track of the weather.

"The interest in meteorology started back when I was a kid growing up here in Olive Branch, and just recently I was able to complete the training at Mississippi State and learn more about it," he said.

Rikard estimated Olive Branch received five to seven inches of snow Monday.

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