The Arab area dodged a bullet two weeks ago. A bullet made of ice.

But it reminded us of a time when we weren’t so lucky. February 1996 – 25 years ago. (I can’t believe it’s been a quarter of a century since that hit).

We were on the “line” of a weather system that was bringing everything from rain, frozen rain, sleet, snow and ice to the area.

We really didn’t know what to expect because we were “on the line.”

My son and his wife, who live in Meridianville just north of Huntsville, got nearly 6 inches of snow two weeks ago.

At my house near Allens Crossroads, we got about an inch. It was pretty and all, but I’m glad it was mostly snow.

That same system is what killed people and brought Texas to its knees with power outages, no water, snow and ice like they’d not seen in many, many years.

Mississippi got it pretty good, too.

It was probably our last shot at a good snow this season – at least I hope it was. Don’t rule out a possible March snowstorm. It’s happened before.

But, back to the ice storm of 1996.

For more on this story please pick up Thursday’s Tribune or purchase an e-edition.

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