Forecast calls for snow for Augusta area

Snow covers the fence in front of the Old Government Building, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. TODD BENNETT/FILE

A winter weather advisory has been issued for Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties, and the Augusta area could see snowfall this afternoon and into the evening.

 

According to the National Weather Service’s Columbia office, a developing low pressure system off the Georgia coast this morning will pull moisture from the Atlantic Ocean over the cold air across the area. That will lead to snowfall, and the heaviest snow is expected in the far eastern portions of the Midlands in South Carolina.

For the Augusta area, light snow is expected this afternoon. Accumulations of less up to 1 inch are expected, according to the National Weather Service, and mainly in southern and eastern sections.

Heavy snow is not expected, but light snow falling on cold roads could cause some difficulty in travel this afternoon. The best chance for seeing snow that might stick to roads will be along and south of Interstate 20, according to the National Weather Service.

Authorities advise to use caution when traveling, especially in open areas. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Augusta Fire Chief Chris James asked that drivers watch for slick spots when driving.

“There is potential for light snow or flurries across our area,” James said in a news release. “Overall, impacts are expected to be minimal, however, a quick dusting to quarter inch of snow may create isolated slick spots or roads, especially bridges and overpasses.”

James also advised residents to wrap up to stay warm and turn off outside sprinkler systems.

Two local school systems are closing early today.

Burke County Public Schools Middle and High students will dismiss at 12:05 p.m. Elementary students will dismiss at 12:10 p.m.

Aiken County Public Schools said its elementary schools will dismiss at 12:30 p.m., middle schools at 1 and high schools at 1:20. All afterschool activities and programs are cancelled.

 

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