Local snow nears record levels

Tara Gardner smiles as she looks at the snowman her daughter, RonDaisha Collins, 10, made from the snow and ice that accumulated on her mother's car overnight, Monday, January 10, 2011, in Augusta, Ga.

Augusta is on its way to record snow accumulation for January, with 2.5 inches on the ground as of 12 p.m. in Richmond County.

The record for January is 2.6 inches, which fell in 1992, according to Shawn Smith of the National Weather Service. The chance of Augusta having measurable snow in January is only 16 percent, and its chance of topping an inch is less than one percent, Smith said.

Even more snow has blanketed areas north of the city, with 3.5 inches measured in Columbia County, up to 3 inches in McDuffie, three to four inches in Edgefield County and 4 inches in Lincoln County, the weather service reported. Two inches have fallen in McDuffie and Aiken counties, and one inch in Burke County.

Just two weeks ago the area saw Dec. 26's rare snowfall, which left an inch to three inches around metro Augusta.

A revised winter storm warning for the area predicts snow, sleet, freezing rain and freezing drizzle across the area into Tuesday morning, with expected ice accumulation of .25 to .5 inches, making roads dangerous and power outages possible.

 

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