Youths went slipping and sliding down hills in the Stephenville City Park for fun Monday, as area residents tried to make the best of icy conditions that continued to blanket the region and prompted a majority of people to remain indoors.

Moisture received over the weekend totaled .83 of an inch, boosting the area’s January total to 1.74 inches, which is above the average January total of 1.70 inches, said Stuart Chilton, “weather watcher” for Channel 8 in Dallas.

“Thus Stephenville now has two consecutive months with above average rainfall - December 2006 and January 2007,” Chilton said. It’s the “first time to have two consecutive months (with) above average rainfall since February and March 2006.”

And for that, Chilton said, Stephenville residents should be pleased.

Temperatures were expected to drop to around 20 degrees Monday night before rising to a high of 34 degrees today.

According to the National Weather Service, local weather is predicted to be “mostly cloudy” with a north/northwest wind of between 5 and 10 mph today. Tonight, forecasters predict that it will be “cloudy,” with a low around 24 degrees.

On Wednesday, forecasters predict a “slight chance of snow, mixing with rain after noon.”

“Cloudy, with a high near 32 (degrees),” the forecast predicts. “East/southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.”

For the remainder of the week, forecasters predict:

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 31 degrees. South/southeast wind around 5 mph. Thursday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 45 degrees. South/southwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 31 degrees. North/northwest wind between 5 and 15 mph. Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49 degrees. North/northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32 degrees. North/northeast wind between 10 and 15 mph. Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a high near 45 degrees. Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32 degrees. Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52 degrees. Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 37 degrees. Monday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 55 degrees.

DOUG MYERS is Managing Editor of the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at doug.myers@empiretribune.com or (254) 965-3124, ext. 229.