Sunday flurries give way to windy, cold Monday

Calvin Cotledge braves Monday's cold weather to play Christmas carols on his saxophone on Broad Street. Lows are expected in the mid-teens early Tuesday morning.

Scattered sleet and snow flurries were reported across the Augusta area Sunday, but all that stuck were wind and cold temperatures.

 

Flurries were reported from Christmas in Hopelands in Aiken and on Evans to Locks Road in Martinez, but there appeared to be little accumulation.

"With very little precip left to fall, the strong winds will dry off the roads for the most part," said Pamela Tucker, the director of the Columbia County Emergency & Operations Division.

A wind advisory remains in effect today and will last until 7 a.m. Tuesday, she said. Winds will be westerly from 20 to 25 mph and gusts up to 35 mph.

The National Weather Service forecast a low today of 23 degrees and an overnight low Tuesday in the teens, meteorologist Shawn Smith said.

The wind-chill effect makes the temperatures feel much colder.

With winds up to 30 mph Tuesday, the temperature might feel like it's below zero, Smith said.

"Motorists need to leave early and drive carefully for their Monday morning commute in case there are icy patches remaining on some roadways," Tucker said.

Cold weather tips

- Wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing. Air is trapped between the layers, and that helps insulate your body. The outer layer should be tightly woven, water repellent and have a hood. You also should wear a hat because half of your body heat is lost through your head.

- Make sure to turn off automatic sprinkler systems. The water will freeze on roads, causing hazardous driving conditions.

- Try not to overexert yourself; your heart is working overtime in cold weather and hard labor could cause a further strain. Sweating also could lead to a chill or even hypothermia.

- Make sure your car has a good supply of antifreeze. It's suggested that you change out the antifreeze every one to two years.

Sources: Columbia County Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker, National Weather Service, www.advanceautoparts.com

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