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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Onthebeach
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Onthebeach 01/19/09 - 01:32 pm
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If you don't have a sled or

If you don't have a sled or tube, a piece of cardboard has been known to work wonders.....or a food tray from a restaurant.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 01/19/09 - 01:32 pm
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I'm not saying people here

I'm not saying people here are bad drivers, we simply don't have the tire equipment for that kind of weather since it only snows rarely. It's not cost effective. Unless you've moved here from somewhere else and just carried it down here with you.

shel2u
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shel2u 01/19/09 - 01:33 pm
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I just went through our

I just went through our "snow" pictures. Not many to see, unfortunately. The snow in 2002 was enough out here in Harlem to keep us home for a few days. I remember it being right after New Year. The kids were delayed from going back to school. The pictures I have show the kids making a small snowman. The snow was up to the tops of the tires on the vehicles. That was fun.

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 01/19/09 - 01:36 pm
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I don't know if it's

I don't know if it's considered National Hills, or Olmstead Homes, but "Redbird Hill" behind St. Mark Church on Washington Rd. I guess it must have been 1980 or so we had a huge sleetstorm. Take the frame off of Dad's wheelbarrow and head to Redbird. It's a wonder we survived. Damn that was fun!!!

lovelylululady
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lovelylululady 01/19/09 - 01:51 pm
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It's not Olmstead Homes -

It's not Olmstead Homes - that's a housing project!

lovelylululady
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lovelylululady 01/19/09 - 01:51 pm
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The proper name is Bedford

The proper name is Bedford Heights

Vermonter
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Vermonter 01/19/09 - 02:05 pm
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I don't know what to do other

I don't know what to do other than laugh at this.

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/19/09 - 02:10 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." ---- I was living in Burke county back then, and the snow was so deep you can make standing snow caves (I was like 3ft tall then). They were even deeper when the snow plows came days later. So much snow, you could make a snowman family; build snow forts with stacks of snowballs....and tunnels to sneak to the other fort to tear them down. Come on God, let's have a little extra snow for a couple of days!

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Pops 01/19/09 - 02:14 pm
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Actually it was 1973.....

Actually it was 1973.....

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 01/19/09 - 02:26 pm
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At last! Something we ALL

At last! Something we ALL agree on!!! WoOT!!!!!

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/19/09 - 02:34 pm
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Still recall it was around

Still recall it was around '71. But the black and white Polaroids back then didn't have dates.

TCB22
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TCB22 01/19/09 - 02:39 pm
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rainingoranges
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rainingoranges 01/19/09 - 02:39 pm
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Snow chains for an inch of

Snow chains for an inch of snow? That seems a bit like overkill. It snowed once when I was in high school and they wouldn't let us go outside to see it because the principal got hit with a snowball between classes. They were always such a joykill.

TCB22
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TCB22 01/19/09 - 02:41 pm
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Overkill to have them ready?

Overkill to have them ready? No snow was predicted in 1973. Better to be ready and not need them....

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BamaMan 01/19/09 - 02:59 pm
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We had 22 inches in our yard

We had 22 inches in our yard in the 1973 snow. And they're right. No percipitation at all was expected, I remember where I was working downtown then. They finally let everyone go home in the afternoon, took awhile to get home. This town was totally shutdown. We found 1 grocery store open the next day. There were no Walmarts or Kmarts then. And it was the perfect snow, too. Not slushy. My puppy disappeared when I put her down. Gotta remember, us Georgia people that grew up here, can't drive in the snow/ice. Where would we have learned if we had always been here? Can't fault us for that, except for being stupid enough to THINK we can drive in it, and not just stay home.

joeuser
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joeuser 01/19/09 - 03:10 pm
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I remember standing in the

I remember standing in the lunch line at North Augusta Elementary School on Georgia avenue in my yellow rubber raincoat and talking with others who kept saying there was no way snow would "stick" since the ground and pavement were already wet from the rain. By 1:00 pm, though, they were already sending us kids home. We took our time walking home and played the whole way. The next day they had to use vehicles and soldiers from Fort Gordon to deliver milk to babies and medicine to the sick, as well as get people back and forth to hospitals. We missed over 3 days of school. Then, a little later that year, we had an ice storm that helped us miss another two days of school.

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drumbeater1 01/19/09 - 03:13 pm
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please be careful going

please be careful going home....us southerners are not the best a negotiating snow......but for all of us who hope to see some.....be safe and have fun!!!!!

gnx
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gnx 01/19/09 - 03:16 pm
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The little blizzard we had in

The little blizzard we had in March 1993 was also a surprise. Right about the time AccuBob was telling us not to even hope for so much as a flake of snow it dumped enough in 10 minutes to completely cover the yard and several inches just in the first hour alone.

gnx
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gnx 01/19/09 - 03:18 pm
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drumbeater - a lot of 'us

drumbeater - a lot of 'us southerners' can't negotiate rainy or dry roads either. Then again, there are a lot of transplants who have serious issues getting around without hitting someone on a sunny day. ;-)

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lmiras 01/19/09 - 03:35 pm
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Correction, the last time it

Correction, the last time it snowed in the CSRA (and it stuck for a few hours) was December 07; granted we lived in Thomson at the time, but Thomson is part of the CSRA, so....; We had just as much fun playing in it as the kids did:) I hope it does snow, but when it does, they never forecast it, and when they do, it never does

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ASU student 01/19/09 - 03:39 pm
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hahahahahaha this is funny

hahahahahaha this is funny

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curly123053 01/19/09 - 03:50 pm
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The correct year was

The correct year was 1973....I remember because that was my senior year in high school and the governor signed a bill stating we did not have to make up the lost days of school....will we ever see a snowfall like that year in our lifetime here in the CSRA?

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gamc30909 01/19/09 - 03:57 pm
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SandyK again you dont know

SandyK again you dont know what you are taking about. It was Feb 1973 ding bat not 71.

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 01/19/09 - 04:14 pm
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It's not Olmstead Homes -

It's not Olmstead Homes - that's a housing project!
Posted by lovelylululady on Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:51 PM
The proper name is Bedford Heights
Posted by lovelylululady on Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:51 PM
Thanks for the correction lovely. In National Hills we called anything east of Papaya Olmstead Homes. Oops!

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bloodfairyx79 01/19/09 - 04:42 pm
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The last time it randomly

The last time it randomly snowed here was Jan16 2008. Started snowing like crazy around 5pm and made the roads horrible. Quickly melted though

klsm
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klsm 01/19/09 - 04:46 pm
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Hope it snows 5'!!! I lived

Hope it snows 5'!!! I lived in Green Meadows when it snowed in the early 70's. Had a blast on the hills at the golf course. However, we had visitors who stopped by FOR THE DAY (the relatives you hope you are never snowed in with ... ha ha) who got stuck at our house. I thought my mom was gonna die before they could leave. Of course all of us kids thought it was the most wonderful time ever!!!

Rose
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Rose 01/19/09 - 04:46 pm
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It was Feb

It was Feb 1973.http://www.augustaweather.com/snow1973.html

klsm
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klsm 01/19/09 - 04:53 pm
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Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Looks like

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Looks like no show for the snow! Danggggg! I was getting excited!

TechLover
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TechLover 01/19/09 - 05:12 pm
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No snow? What am I going to

No snow? What am I going to do with all the milk and bread?

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/19/09 - 05:35 pm
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"SandyK again you dont know

"SandyK again you dont know what you are taking about." ----- Actually I do, I was there in the snow. You probably weren't even hatched yet. :)

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