Augusta area dodges icy storm

Most of the Augusta area found clear roads and no weather issues this morning after a weekend winter storm threatened the region.

“Columbia County was under a Winter Storm Warning until just before 10 p.m. last night when the warning was downgraded to a Winter Weather Advisory,” said Pam Tucker, Columbia County’s emergency services director. “That advisory was cancelled at 2:18 a.m. this morning.”

The decision to close schools and some offices, she added, was made with guidance from the National Weather Service. “The certainty in the forecast yesterday, including below freezing temps overnight and treacherous morning road conditions, guided the prudent actions put into motion by the county and school system in the best interest of the safety of our citizens and school children,” Mrs. Tucker wrote in an advisory this morning.

Emergency authorities and the county’s Roads & Bridges personnel monitored conditions through the night and were especially watchful for ice forming on bridges and roads. By 3 a.m., however, temperatures had fallen only to 35 degrees, falling short of freezing any residual water from Sunday’s rains.

A subsequent inspection at 6 a.m. found no icing or adverse conditions, she said.

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