Preston Sparks is the education editor for The Augusta Chronicle. He has worked for Morris Communications for more than 12 years, previously serving as The Augusta Chronicle's bureau chief in Aiken and Columbia counties as well as night city editor and a reporter who has covered such topics as crime, government and transportation. He was recently tapped to coordinate the paper's local and regional education news coverage. Preston is a graduate of Augusta State University and has lived in the area for more than 20 years.
Posted January 14, 2009 05:26 pm - Updated January 14, 2009 05:47 pm

How low will it go?

It seems to be the talk of the town - or at least here in the office and at the Martinez Dollar General, where I bought a bright red knit cap today.

It's the cold weather approaching us. The National Weather Service says we could get down to a low of 19 Thursday night and a bone-chilling 9 on Friday night.

If reached, the low of 9 would break the record by two degrees for the area for Friday. The record for that day is 11, set in 1977.
With that in mind, what do you say we try to record how low it will go throughout the area?

Just post below the low you measure at your house Thursday and Friday night, detailing your location, the time and the degree. And if you've got a camera handy Friday or Saturday morning, how about snapping a photo of any ice you see (say water frozen from a sprinkler system that was accidentally left on).

You can e-mail photos to me at and I'll post them for all to see.