A hard freeze warning put in place Tuesday night has been extended through Wednesday night for South Georgia, including Coastal Counties.
The National Weather Service out of Peachtree City extended the warning early Wednesday. It means temperatures tonight and early Thursday will drop into the 20s and area residents need to cover any vulnerable outside plants, bring pets inside and wrap any exposed pipes, or drip water from them.
The cold came in on the heels of a front pushed a small but violent storm through the Midway area Sunday night. No injuries were reported but there was damage in the Arlen Oaks subdivision near Midway Middle and Liberty Elementary schools. Electricity was out short times throughout the evening Sunday.
Tom Burriss, who was serving his last day at director of the Liberty-Hinesville Emergency Management Agency Monday, told Savannah television stations that officials did not believe the damage was caused by a tornado. A strong microburst of wind was more likely, he said.
Burriss retired as of the first of the new year.
As far as Wednesday’s weather, wind advisories have been issued for much of the state. The weather service’s forecast says it will be mostly sunny in the southern part of the state, but windy and becoming colder as the day progresses.
Across the state, highs will be in the 40s, except mid to upper 30s in the northeast mountains. Skies tonight will be mostly clear. Windy and cold. Lows could drop into the teens, but mid 20s is more likely.
With the wind, wind chill advisories are also likely. So bundle up if you have to go out.