By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
A Kossuth family’s backyard looks more like a Colorado ski resort than Alcorn County.
Allie Bradford, 7, and her 4-year-old brother, Hayden, laughed and played on a big hill of snow Wednesday.
Even adults, including their mom, Mary Allison Bradford, have fun sledding at high speeds down the steep snow hill.
Hayden crawled through a tunnel from one side of the snow hill to the other, and some have tried snowboarding the slope.
The extreme cold temperatures that have hit Alcorn County in the past week have created good conditions for Dusty Bradford to manufacture the snow that blankets the family’s backyard.
As his wife and children played in the snow, Dusty crunched through the pristine precipitation and walked toward his machine as it blew more powder.
Dusty, an engineer at Caterpillar in Corinth, pointed out a series of nozzles and hoses and explained how his machine works with the help of an air compressor, car wash water pump and other parts.
He explained that the machine grows ice crystals and said “it’s pretty good snow.”
As the temperature dropped Wednesday evening, the machine began producing sheets of snow that added to the already impressive accumulation. The machine’s been producing snow over the past several days. His water bill may be a little higher than normal, but it’s still cheaper than traveling to Colorado.
When one prepares to sled down the snow hill it can be intimidating because it is so steep. The sled quickly accelerates, and the rider holds on tight to avoid wiping out on the approximately 100-yard ride.
Dusty has been making snow several years and has improved his method over time. In addition to providing lots of fun for the family, the snow also makes a pretty scene that is not often seen in Mississippi. The children agreed that it is pretty cool to have a dad who can make snow.