Snow forecast melts; rain more likely on Tuesday

Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 9:42 AM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 12:09 PM
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Augusta lies south of the region expected to receive snowfall on Tuesday and likely will see no accumulation, according to the National Weather Service, which updated emergency preparedness officials – and its forecast - during an afternoon conference call.

“We are south of the area where the greatest concern for heavier snowfall amounts are expected,” said Columbia County Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker. “They stated that it's very questionable as to whether the CSRA will see any accumulation of snow, but they will leave the CSRA under the advisory through the night to be on the safe side.”

Earlier forecasts called for a 60 percent chance of snow Tuesday with possible accumulations of one inch.

Portions of upstate South Carolina remain under a winter storm warning, with accumulations of one to three inches forecast in some northern South Carolina counties.

Unless conditions change, the Augusta area will have mostly rain with no expected traffic problems.

“They advised that we could have a few isolated issues with some icy patches on bridges and overpasses, nothing too significant,” Mrs. Tucker said. “Roadways should be fine and passable since surface temperatures will remain at or above freezing. If we do see a little snowfall, it should all be gone by noon tomorrow.”

As a precaution, the county’s Emergency Operations Center will be open at 3 a.m. Tuesday to monitor road conditions. Columbia County Board of Education Transportation Director Dewayne Porter and school trustee Mike Sleeper will be out at 4 a.m. checking roads for ice.

The current forecast calls for highs in the 50s today, with cloudy skies this evening and lows dipping to the upper 20s with a slight chance of rain and possible snow flurries after midnight. Colder temperatures are expected Tuesday night, with lows around 19 degrees, followed by a warming trend on Wednesday with highs in the mid 40s, forecasters said.

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karmakills123
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karmakills123 01/19/09 - 10:54 am
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ohhh cool!!!

ohhh cool!!!

U.Dumus
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U.Dumus 01/19/09 - 10:55 am
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woo hoo!! Hope they are

woo hoo!! Hope they are right!

zcock
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zcock 01/19/09 - 10:56 am
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Well, It is a good day if you

Well, It is a good day if you supply bread and milk.

marien
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marien 01/19/09 - 10:59 am
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This would be great, snow in

This would be great, snow in the CSRA.

workingmom
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workingmom 01/19/09 - 11:16 am
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Please, please, please let it

Please, please, please let it snow! I can't even remember the last time it snowed in the Augusta area.

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/19/09 - 11:24 am
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Not enough to make a snowman.

Not enough to make a snowman. CRY!! Around here, you have to get out about 3am to roll the ball around enough to make the base. It hasn't been since like the '71 storm has the area had enough snow to make proper snowmen (6 footers) out of existing snow fall. Here's hoping that Bob Smith et al are wrong about the amount, as a good 4" blanket will make the kids happy.

Bigdawg62
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Bigdawg62 01/19/09 - 11:27 am
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Close the schools, shut down

Close the schools, shut down the businesses, and hurry to your area grocery stores!

chey
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chey 01/19/09 - 11:47 am
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haha. Sandyk2005. You're

haha. Sandyk2005. You're right about that. 3am to make the base, And by the time you've made the base, you've used up all the snow in yours and your neighbors yard. I hope it does snow. And a good one.

hockey
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hockey 01/19/09 - 11:58 am
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@workingmom The last time it

@workingmom
The last time it snowed was about 7 years ago. I remember because my oldest child is 6 and the last time we got snow was when my wife was pregnant.

Galan Lewis
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Galan Lewis 01/19/09 - 12:37 pm
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I'll believe it when I see

I'll believe it when I see it. I'm sure hoping for it though!!!!!!

marie21
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marie21 01/19/09 - 12:38 pm
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I remember the big snow in

I remember the big snow in the early 70's. It was a child's dream come true. Even though I'm much older now it would still be fun.

JenniferR
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JenniferR 01/19/09 - 12:48 pm
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OH! Lucky! I hope my momma

OH! Lucky! I hope my momma and daddy enjoy their snow. Of course when I move they get it! Enjoy your little bit of snow guys! We will just have maybe sleet here in Savannah.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 01/19/09 - 12:54 pm
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We have a 60 percent chance

We have a 60 percent chance here in Williston of getting snow. The chance jumps to 70 percent in Barnwell, Blackville, Denmark and Bamberg surprisingly.

hossiv
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hossiv 01/19/09 - 12:57 pm
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Theres a 60% percent chance,

Theres a 60% percent chance, though the meteorologists say theres only 10% chance of that.

tchnga
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tchnga 01/19/09 - 01:03 pm
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Darn....Richmond County kids

Darn....Richmond County kids are already out of school tomorrow. Sorry kids no snow day for you!!!

jhuran
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jhuran 01/19/09 - 01:09 pm
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It`s amazing that the

It`s amazing that the Emergency Services Directon of
Richmond County never issues any statemens on situations in the area.Is he contacted by the media ?Pam does a beautiful
job ,but I feel that since Augusta is the metropolis in the area,its director should get in on the act.

TechLover
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TechLover 01/19/09 - 01:25 pm
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Don't all you people get

Don't all you people get tired of eating bread and drinking milk when it snows? I'd rather stock up on beer,cigarettes, and wiings.willis and hos: It just depends on where the dart lands.

Rose
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Rose 01/19/09 - 01:32 pm
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It was Feb 1972 we had 14

It was Feb 1972 we had 14 inches of snow.There was no snow in the forecast. People were stranded everywhere,and the National Guard was called out. I was sitting at the kitchen table painting one of those numbers pictures when it began to snow.

mable8
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mable8 01/19/09 - 01:32 pm
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What preparation? The last

What preparation? The last time we had significant weather problems was in 2003. They told us they had "everything under control" for the big event, but they didn't--I couldn't even get out to work that day and the night shift workers had to remain at the job. So much for all the fooferah of "being prepared!" I'll believe it when I see it.......

gnx
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gnx 01/19/09 - 01:37 pm
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1973, 1987, 1993, 1997, 2000,

1973, 1987, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2002 - Each of those years produced more than sufficient snowfall around here to build a good snowman and provide a lot of good sliding fun. In some cases the snowman actually lasted more than a few days, especially in 1973, 1993 and 2002. All you have to do is look through a photo album or two. :-) I even remember a nice little thunder snow storm during Christmas of 1993, but it was nothing compared to the blizzard we had earlier that year in March. I'd much rather have a little bit of snow than ice - remember those horrible days right after the 2004 ice storm when all the restaurants and half the stores were out of everything except frozen hamburger patties? Yuck! We had a little fun cooking in the fireplace and on the camp stove during the three days we had no electricity. But honestly y'all - it's a little disappointing to see how we tend to overreact over a little bit of snow when other places can have a foot or two and it's still business as usual.

Former Augustan
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Former Augustan 01/19/09 - 01:37 pm
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We lived in Philadelphia in

We lived in Philadelphia in 1996, when the "storm of the century" occurred. Snow fell for 24 hours continuously at a rate of an inch an hour or so. When if finally stopped, we had 30" in our neighborhood! I shoveled my driveway every 2-3 hours, so I was able to get out -- but had a pile of snow 5 feet high on either side of the driveway that didn't melt for 7 weeks! The streets were being plowed all night by our homeowner's association, and except for the piles at the end of our driveway that I had to clear, we were able to get out and go places. Cities like Philadelphia and others are prepared for snow, and do a fantastic job. I also remember an 18" snowfall in Augusta in the early 1970s (I believe), and it was beautiful. I recall that I walked from Walton Way & Milledge Road to St. Joseph's Hospital to visit a relative, and it was difficult but refreshing.

TechLover
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TechLover 01/19/09 - 01:43 pm
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The '70s snow I was in high

The '70s snow I was in high school . Had a short sleeve shirt on, then "the weather started getting rough". Some places had 5 foot drifts. Had nothing to live on but bread and milk. :>)

gnx
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gnx 01/19/09 - 01:49 pm
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That 70s snow was wild. I

That 70s snow was wild. I remember freezing to death walking home from school because it was warm enough that morning to go out with just a sweater over my dress. I think my poor legs stayed beet red for about two days after that journey home.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/19/09 - 01:52 pm
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I was going to school at AC.

I was going to school at AC. Left about noon and went to eat at the DQ on Highland. I worked in Daniel Village. By the time I finished lunch it was snowing so hard you could not see Daniel Village from the DQ. Spent the evening at my girlfriend apartment on Washington Rd pushing cars up the gentle slope of Washington Rd. Well, not the whole night :)

Equaltreatmentforall
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Equaltreatmentforall 01/19/09 - 02:03 pm
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let it snow, let it snow, let

let it snow, let it snow, let is snow!!!

TechLover
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TechLover 01/19/09 - 02:07 pm
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"pushing cars up the gentle

"pushing cars up the gentle slope of Washington Rd", so that's what they called it back then :>)

georgiastoryteller
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georgiastoryteller 01/19/09 - 02:09 pm
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Nice to know somebody else

Nice to know somebody else remembers that little thundersnowstorm in 1993. That was strange, wasn't it? I was a baby during that 1973 storm. My parents still have pics of it with the snow up to the windows where we lived off of Highland Avenue. That ice storm a year or two ago was just nasty. No power, no heat, no showers! YUCK. That snowfall back in 2002 was beautiful. I remember being stuck in it because the school I worked at was one of the LAST to send the kids home, and I barely made it back to my house. When I DID make it home, everything that night was beautiful, quiet and postcard perfect. LET IT SNOW!!!!!

The Godfather
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The Godfather 01/19/09 - 02:10 pm
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Where is the Best hill to

Where is the Best hill to sled on in AUGUSTA??

georgiastoryteller
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georgiastoryteller 01/19/09 - 02:15 pm
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that would be the big hill by

that would be the big hill by goodwill in north augusta. Or the big hill behind Doctor's Hospital. if you go down that street across from the Smile Gas station and T-Mobile on Wheeler and head down towards the hospital. that would be cool. Anybody else???

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 01/19/09 - 02:30 pm
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Uh, a not so good one that

Uh, a not so good one that was nearly straight down was at Glenn Hills Elementary, but I don't know if it's still available, they are always doing some rearranging up there. I'll look while I'm out today if I need anything at Walmart. I used to sled down the big hill in front of the highschool, but you have that slight problem with the ROAD. LOL. I kept falling off the sled for some reason. That got annoying and boy was I sore. I wouldn't recommend that one, and I don't think it's suitable anymore there's something in the way, I'll check it today, too, just to be sure. I've got to go out that way sometime today on my errand. I wouldn't mind some flurries, just don't like sliding cars if it affects the roadways. I wish it had snowed today, so there would be less of a problem with closings if it is substantial and we could build those snowmen.

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