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Winter weather is here for the second straight weekend.

This weekend’s weather forecast may include frozen rain for Baldwin County and surrounding counties before it moves out of state and into the Carolinas and farther up the east coast.

Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency Director Wayne Johnson said the latest report from the National Weather Service (NWS) at Peachtree City calls for the possibility of patches of ice forming on bridges and overpasses after midnight Friday and into the early morning hours Saturday.

Baldwin County officials are urging local residents to stay off the roads during those hours unless they absolutely have to be out driving.

“We could see some black ice on some of our bridges and overpasses after midnight Friday through Saturday morning,” Johnson said. “But temperatures should be above freezing by noon Saturday.

Johnson said the latest weather prediction reveals only a small percentage of such an event occurring, but urges motorists to be use caution if black ice forms along secondary roads not traveled frequently, as well along bridges and overpasses.

Weather experts say the approaching cold front looks to be limited and isolated at best.

Temperatures are expected to remain above 32 degrees where any light precipitation persists through Thursday night and into early Friday.

“There is a very low chance Friday afternoon and evening where some patchy freezing drizzle or light freezing rain develops over East-Central and Southeast Georgia,” according to experts with the NWS. “Impacts would be minimal at worst.”

In Middle Georgia black ice potential is possible Friday night and into mid-morning Saturday.

Such is possible because of the residual water on roads resulting from temperatures falling into the mid-to-upper 20s by daybreak Saturday.

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