Augusta likely to dodge icy weather Friday

Mike Coleman, with Columbia County Roads and Bridges, walks near one of the piles of sand that will be sprinkled on the roadways if the county gets freezing rain or snow. Bags of salt are stored in the shed behind him.

 

The Augusta area should receive mostly rain Friday and escape a swath of icy weather predicted for other parts of Georgia, according to Pam Tucker, the director of Columbia County Emergency and Operations.

Very cold air trapped along the east side of the Appalachians will spread into the state and likely cause precipitation in north Georgia to fall as a quarter-inch of freezing rain and sleet.

There is still a possibility there could be freezing rain or sleet mixed with rain locally on Friday morning, Tucker said in a news release.

The Arctic air mass pushing down today will bring in below-normal temperatures just in time for the arrival of wet weather from the south, according to Tenia Morrison, of the National Weather Service.

Augusta’s low temperature Friday morning is predicted to be about 30 degrees, and the high for the day will reach only the lower 40s, she said.

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