Snow soon melts, but cold lingers

ALBANY -- It was what passes for a winter wonderland in Southwest Georgia when 1 1/2 inches of snow blanketed the area Friday.

Like a good guest, the snow left when the sun came out Saturday.

"The last time Dougherty County had 1 1/2 inches of snow was in 1951," said Mike Jamski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee.

Snow left the area but the cold will probably remain, Jamski said. After a high temperature of 57 today the temperature could go down to 39, he said. There is also a 70 percent chance of rain.

Monday is expected to have highs near 47 degrees with a low of 26 degrees and a 60 percent chance of rain. A hard freeze in the early hours of Tuesday and Wednesday could also bring the temperatures down, Jamski said.

A hard freeze is the term for two or more hours with the temperature below 26 degrees, Jamski said. It is best to look after people, pets and plants to make sure they are warm during a hard freeze, he added.

Ice on roads and bridges could be a problem for drivers when temperatures dip during the night and into the early morning, according to a Georgia Department of Transportation alert.

"There are no road closures in the Southwest area," the alert stated. "Georgia DOT crews are salting bridges and overpasses as precautionary measures at this time."

The DOT urges the public to refrain from driving if possible. The DOT can be reached at the Web site georgianavigator.com or by calling 511.

Overall we should return to normal for this time of year temperatures with lows in the 30s and highs in the 60s by Thursday, Jamski said.