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Southeast Georgia saw ice, sleet and a little snow but not the nightmarish traffic

Posted: January 29, 2014 - 3:33pm
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Terry.Dickson@jacksonville.com - 1/29/14 - Rain drops froze on the seeds of a crape myrtle bush in the Hortense Community in Brantley County at noon as sleet moved through. (Florida Times-Union, Terry Dickson)
Terry.Dickson@jacksonville.com - 1/29/14 - Rain drops froze on the seeds of a crape myrtle bush in the Hortense Community in Brantley County at noon as sleet moved through. (Florida Times-Union, Terry Dickson)

BAXLEY, GA. | As winter storm moved to the southernmost coast of Georgia Wednesday, Georgia Department of Transportation crews moved with it spreading gravel on bridges in advance of dropping temperatures.

The snow and ice storm that closed every school in the state did its worst in the Atlanta metro area. The worst seen in Southeast Georgia was some light icing on bridges and light snow and sleet.

DOT spokeswoman Jill Nagel said the worst icing was in Chatham County and in the area of Appling, Toombs and Tattnall counties.

“As soon as the sun came up, everything just iced over,’’ Nagel said.

The sun was up but hidden behind thick clouds that dropped an icy rain and sleet in Waycross, Baxley, Brantley County and, by early afternoon, Glynn County.

About 2:20 p.m. snow that was so light it might not have qualified as a flurry was falling in Brunswick.

Nagel said things had begun to thaw out by mid afternoon in most of Southeast Georgia and “We’re holding our breaths tonight.”

The National Weather Service said temperatures across Georgia are expected to drop to freezing on the southern barrier islands and into the 20s inland.

That could mean that water that remains on the roadways could freeze into so called black ice which is extremely hard to see.

DOT crews spread gravel on all the bridges on the St. Simons Island causeway Wednesday afternoon and were moving on to other bridges in the area.

Nagel said there were no road closures in the area, but the DOT said a lot of bridges and roads were icy around Tifton and other areas of Southwest Georgia.

Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405

 
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