The Union Recorder

January 28, 2014

Cold, icy weather close schools

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder


Tuesday night’s predicted mix of sleet and potential snow resulted in the closure of several local schools Wednesday. 

Baldwin County public schools, Georgia Military College Prep School, John Milledge Academy and Sinclair Christian Academy are closed Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm warning remains in effect through 7 a.m. Wednesday across much of central Georgia.

Georgia College closed all of its campuses, including events and activities at each location, at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday due to the weather threat. As of press time Tuesday, a decision regarding Wednesday's schedule had not been announced. Georgia College officials said Tuesday that they planed to provide updates prior to commuting time Wednesday morning. 

Central Georgia Technical College officials decided to close all of its campuses and centers for all faculty, staff and students, including special events, Tuesday. As of press time, CGTC officials had not made a decision regarding Wednesday's delays or cancellations as they were still reviewing weather information. Updates on campus and center closures will be made via email, the college website and Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Putnam County Charter School System released students early Tuesday, and a decision about school Wednesday was not made by press time Tuesday. Updates will be posted to the school system’s website.

As of press time Tuesday, all of the local schools were still monitoring the forecast and no announcements had been made regarding Thursday’s schedule. Faculty, staff, students and parents are encouraged to check their e-mail, school website and Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest information. Alerts of any changes will be sent through their school’s emergency notification system.

The National Weather Service predicts a wintery mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain, with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet.

Wintery precipitation could last through early Wednesday, with the heaviest precipitation late Tuesday afternoon into overnight.

In Baldwin County, there’s a 20 percent chance of snow before 10 a.m. Wednesday. The high is forecasted near 40 degrees with northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

The evening’s low is expected to be around 16 degrees, mostly clear and calm winds. 

Thursday’s forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 46 degrees and a low of around 25 degrees.

While much of Georgia was placed under a winter storm watch for Tuesday and Wednesday, with some areas forecast to see as much as 3 inches of snow, Jason Deese with the National Weather Service said the snow totals would “matter very little in this situation because of the ice potential.”

“Some parts of the state may end up seeing the greatest impact just because they get more ice than snow,” he said.

Nationwide, nearly 3,000 flights within, into or out of the U.S. had been canceled by 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to statistics from the flight tracking service FlightAware. Only a couple of hundred flights are canceled in the U.S. on a typical day.

Snow and ice covered roads will make travel difficult or impossible this morning. Light icing will make sidewalks and walkways treacherous. Reduced visibilities in areas of snow will also make travel difficult in addition to slick roadways.

A winter storm warning for snow, sleet and freezing rain means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. The amount of snow that is forecast will make travel dangerous.