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article image'Southern Freeze 2014' in coastal Georgia Special

By Kay Mathews     Jan 30, 2014 in Environment
Savannah - A local news station has labeled the winter blast hitting Georgia and, in particular, the Savannah area as "Southern Freeze 2014." Icy conditions have caused schools, businesses and bridges to close.
Ice, freezing rain, sleet, and in some inland counties, snow, has caused WJCL News to call the weather conditions "Southern Freeze 2014." The wintry mix pushed into the area on Tuesday night and by Wednesday schools started closing early, bridges began to be closed, and businesses were closed for business as well.
On Tuesday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal "declared a state of emergency for Georgia due to the winter storm." State government offices and other organizations remained closed through Thursday. Chatham Area Transit was one of the key organizations that suspended service on Tuesday.
Officials warned of the threat of black ice. WSAV reported that the Chatham Emergency Management Agency issued the warning and stated, "The dangerous road ice is expected to become a major issue Wednesday night as temperatures fall into the upper teens and lower 20s."
Raindrop on American Holly leaf frozen in time.  Savannah  GA  1/29/14
Raindrop on American Holly leaf frozen in time. Savannah, GA 1/29/14
On Wednesday night, Digital Journal witnessed another round of sleet falling near Oglethorpe Mall and surrounding neighborhoods near Abercorn and Mall Boulevard. Freezing rain produced droplets frozen in time on trees and hedges. As time passed, however, and temperatures rose above freezing on Thursday, businesses, schools and universities, public transit, and some bridges have re-opened.
It is currently two degrees above freezing, and the forecast calls for temperatures to drop below freezing Thursday night but daytime temps in the 70s are expected this weekend.
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