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January 27, 2014

Winter Storm Watch: Schools monitoring wintery mix

MILLEDGEVILLE — Local schools are currently monitoring the winter storm watch and will make a decision for Tuesday’s class schedules by Monday afternoon.

Schools include the Baldwin County public school system, Georgia Military College, John Milledge Academy, Sinclair Christian Academy, Central Georgia Technical College and Georgia College.

GMC is slated to have a committee meeting Monday afternoon to discuss the possibility of canceling Tuesday’s after school programs and basketball games.

Parents and students will be contacted by their school’s emergency notification system if classes are rescheduled. The latest information will also be available on the school website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm watch remains in effect from Tuesday morning through Wednesday afternoon across much of central Georgia. 

Snow and sleet could accumulate from 1/2 inch to 2 inches. Snow is expected to begin as early as mid morning Tuesday and last into Tuesday night.

In Baldwin County, sleet is expected before 4 p.m. Tuesday, then rain and sleet. The high is forecasted near 36 degrees with northwest winds around 10 mph, and gusts as high as 15 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Snow and freezing rain, becoming all snow after 7 p.m. Tuesday. The evening’s low is expected to be around 26 degrees with north winds 5 to 10 mph.

A 30 percent chance of light snow is forecasted before 1 p.m. Wednesday. The high will be near 39 degrees with north winds from 5 to 10 mph, becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Wednesday night is predicted to be partly cloudy with a low around 18 degrees.

Snow and ice covered roads will make travel difficult or impossible Tuesday night into Wednesday. Ice accumulation on trees and power lines may down large limbs and cause power outages.

A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

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