Flurries around Augusta, heavier snow expected

Snow begins to accumulate in downtown Augusta Friday afternoon.
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 12:02 PM
Last updated Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 10:00 PM
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The Augusta area could see snowfall between two and four inches starting this afternoon and into the evening hours, the National Weather Service predicts.

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Snow finally falls Friday. Ron and Robin Cowman walk their dogs Shelby and Maggie in the snow on the Augusta Common.

  Zach Boyden-Holmes/ Staff
Zach Boyden-Holmes/ Staff
Snow finally falls Friday. Ron and Robin Cowman walk their dogs Shelby and Maggie in the snow on the Augusta Common.

Here's the updated forecast

 A significant accumulating snowfall is expected for Lincoln, McDuffie, Columbia, Richmond, Burke, McCormick, Edgefield, Saluda, Aiken and Barnwell counties tonight.,

A winter storm warning will remain in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday.  

Snow will accumulate from 2 to 5 inches tonight and should end by early Saturday, however, snow and ice will remain on the roadways making driving hazardous.

 Temperatures should begin to rise above freezing Saturday and frozen precipitation on roads should begin to melt, making travel safer.

 Here's why it will happen:

 The temperature you feel outside might not be below freezing right now, but weather officials say that won't stop a major snowstorm from dumping two to four inches of snow on the Augusta area starting later today.

"There's no warm air aloft with this system," said Mike Cammarata, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C., explaining why forecasters were so sure they would see plenty of snow today.

He said that 4,000 to 5,000 feet up in the air the temperature is below freezing and despite surface temperatures currently above freezing just a couple of thousand feet up from the ground the snow won't melt as it drops.

Matter of fact, he said, as the snow begins to fall it will cause the surface temperature to begin cooling, and surface temperatures should then dip below freezing by 6 p.m. today, at which time snow could begin to collect on roadways.

Cammarata said typically the upper atmosphere air for this area is above freezing, but that's not the case this time because the jet stream has dipped far south, pushing that warmer aloft air far south of us.

Cammarata said that whenever we get a good snow in Augusta, it's usually because the upper atmosphere is abnormally below freezing.

 Bridges and overpasses are particularly susceptible to freezing conditions, and motorists should use caution.

The best advice is probably to stay inside and off the roads this evening, said Columbia County Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker in an e-mail. She said workers would be on call to respond to areas that need sand and salt.

Diane Johnston, marketing director for Augusta Regional Airport, said shortly after 3 p.m. that no more Delta flights are leaving from Augusta Regional Airport today. US Airways is still flying though.

Delta was canceling 400 departures from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport today ahead of the snow storm, according to Associated Press reports. The Delta flights will be cut on routes in and out of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and South Carolina.

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CyndiCk
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CyndiCk 02/11/10 - 02:14 pm
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Watch the milk and bread fly

Watch the milk and bread fly out of the stores!

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 02/11/10 - 03:18 pm
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I remember one year snow was

I remember one year snow was predicted for a Friday night and into the weekend, so I left work early and came home and loaded up the storage space for firewood for the fireplace, and not only did it not snow, but it was so warm on the following Saturday that we did not even need our furnace on.

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Rob Pavey 02/11/10 - 04:27 pm
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I'll believe it - when I see

I'll believe it - when I see it!

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 02/11/10 - 05:31 pm
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Yep, yep Rob, I'm with you on

Yep, yep Rob, I'm with you on that and my kids are taking no chances, they're doing the 'snow dance' and are looking for snow man making equipment. I'm suggesting the baby carrots to them, but they are digging out the 'Bugs Bunny' ones. Ever the optimists I say.... LOL and thanks for the reminder Cyndi! Add tp to that list.

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Fiat_Lux 02/11/10 - 06:07 pm
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We may get snow but I'm not

We may get snow but I'm not holding my breath that it will accumulate. It just doesn't look like it's going to be cold enough for long enough.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/11/10 - 06:09 pm
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But it is a very significant

But it is a very significant snow anniversary for Augusta. On this weekend in 1973, Augusta got 14 inches of snow. Now that would be a trip, to get that much again.

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crackerjack 02/11/10 - 06:50 pm
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Fiat-Lux, like your pic, but

Fiat-Lux, like your pic, but it reminds me back in college waking up next to a woman that looked like that, after a post-exam night out. Yikes!

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Back to story 02/11/10 - 06:50 pm
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I'm am so very grateful for

I'm am so very grateful for global warming. Just think how bad this winter would be without global warming? Especially when you consider that our temps for last month were more than 3 degrees below normal and the expectations for the next couple months will follow suit. Ok, nuff said (that is what the smarties say), I'm heading out for milk and bread.

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Back to story 02/11/10 - 06:52 pm
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Crackerjack, ... wonder if

Crackerjack, ... wonder if the woman thought the same thing about who she woke up with? ;-)

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trouble706isBack 02/11/10 - 06:58 pm
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Fiat_Lux--Thanks for the

Fiat_Lux--Thanks for the memories that you brought back by reminding me of the snow strorm of 73. I was 11 years old then. Life was so uncomplicated.

CyndiCk
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CyndiCk 02/11/10 - 07:43 pm
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Tp? Man, I hope it doesn't

Tp? Man, I hope it doesn't get that bad!!!

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 02/11/10 - 08:24 pm
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Cyndi, tp...toilet paper!

Cyndi, tp...toilet paper! Grins!!

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BamaMan 02/11/10 - 09:16 pm
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On this weekend in 1973 (I

On this weekend in 1973 (I thought it was 1972) the weather wasn't predicting ANYTHING. We got 22 inches in our yard. Trouble,you were 11? Geese. But it was the perfect snow. Ah memories.

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AutumnLeaves 02/11/10 - 09:26 pm
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I remember that snow, too

I remember that snow, too Bamaman, it cracked our brand new sunporch roof, despite us reaching up there with our snow shovels and scraping it off. We didn't realize we wouldn't use our sleds but two more times after that day, since then. Good memories.

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drabun1 02/11/10 - 09:31 pm
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It was 1973. I was 13. I

It was 1973. I was 13. I will never forget it. My friend threw a snowball at a cop car, hit the driver's side window with a 90 mph fastball. The cop was not amused at all. It was a magical time.

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Chillen 02/11/10 - 10:05 pm
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I have a $1 bet that it will

I have a $1 bet that it will snow. Bring on the white stuff!

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gnumbgnuts 02/11/10 - 10:52 pm
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I remember at the ripe old

I remember at the ripe old age of 7, giving my older sister a little kick on the butt as she bent over to fab a snowman. Oh boy, did I pay for that! I love you anyway sis.

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KNECKBONE 02/11/10 - 11:43 pm
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if it snows i will get my

if it snows i will get my luge team ready 4 co-ed team .now i have a use for my right nanded batting glove gonna use it to make snowwomen.gonna play hockey with old golf golfs and a tennis ball.watch it be like 100 every day in the summer too.

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KNECKBONE 02/11/10 - 11:44 pm
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if it doesn't snow i want my

if it doesn't snow i want my dollar CHILLEN

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reader54 02/11/10 - 11:48 pm
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Bamaman: I was living in Atl.

Bamaman: I was living in Atl. at that time and called home. Momma said don't drive down. I drove down and it was great! Atl.didn't get squat for snow. Ah, the good ole hippie days!

Aliyah
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Aliyah 02/12/10 - 12:04 am
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If it does finally snow.I

If it does finally snow.I hope it does.Please, Please,Please go ahead and prepare.This is Valentine weekend and the stores are already gonna be a mad house.Please go ahead and get your flashlight,batteries.water,candles,and any extras you might need milk,diapers whatever.Go EARLY.because the registers now are on a satillight and can go down.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 02/12/10 - 05:15 am
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What's with everyone getting

What's with everyone getting milk and bread? I'm buying beer for the Daytona 500.

MyOpinion21
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MyOpinion21 02/12/10 - 05:47 am
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A storm is a coming - people

A storm is a coming - people gotta get their Milk Sammiches supplies!

Respectfully
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Respectfully 02/12/10 - 06:07 am
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Please snow! I also have

Please snow! I also have awesome childhood memories of a little snow in the 80's.

Runner46
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Runner46 02/12/10 - 07:50 am
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I have my camera ready. Where

I have my camera ready. Where is the snow?

bettyboop
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bettyboop 02/12/10 - 08:22 am
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Well I for one believe it

Well I for one believe it will snow...I mean how many times can we dodge that bullet?...LOL.. I am so bored with the cold weather a little excitment about snow somehow makes it better. Got my camera ready too runner!

jerryyoung
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jerryyoung 02/12/10 - 08:25 am
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Boy you guys are

Boy you guys are lucky!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sitting here looking out my window at piles of dirty snow. We have had three blizzards this season with the first being the weekend before Christmas. The last blizzard was last weekend. I live in New Jersey about forty-five minutes southeast of Philadelphia. Counting the accumulation from the first blizzard, we have had in excess of six feet of snow. That's more than Buffalo, New York. When I think about it, we are lucky too. North Dakota has it way worse than anything we have seen. By the way the amount of snow doesn't make a blizzard but the fact that the wind is blowing thirty-five miles per hour or more during the storm makes it a blizzard. During the 1973 storm I was living in my native Millen, Georgia.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 02/12/10 - 08:40 am
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LOL..jerry I do consider

LOL..jerry I do consider myself lucky...that much snow would have me hibernating under the covers till June!....question on the weather channel ..."Which is more dangerous...1 foot of snow in the North...1 inch of snow in the South?"...yep you guessed it!

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WW1949 02/12/10 - 08:52 am
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I was in the National Guard

I was in the National Guard in 73 with the big snow. Had to drive a duce and 1/2 all over the city to pick up doctors and nurses and take them to the hospitals. That was fun.

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fishman960 02/12/10 - 08:57 am
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In the 'storm' of '73, I was

In the 'storm' of '73, I was 8. I remember my family marveling about how Augusta had shut down for just this small amount of snow. My father had just been assigned to Ft. Gordon and we had just moved to Augusta the summer of '72 from New Hampshire. My profile header depicts a snowy New Hampshire mountaintop.

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