Coastal Georgia's first snowfall since 1989 was not as bad as some predicted, but its impact will be felt for days as nightly temperatures are expected to drop below freezing through at least Saturday, causing snow and ice melts to re-freeze.
Freezing rain began turning to snow by 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and flakes fell for nearly four hours. Unofficial measurements show more than three inches of snow in North Bryan and about one inch of accumulation in South Bryan.
Government offices for the cities of Pembroke and Richmond Hill, as well as Bryan County, will remain closed Thursday. Bryan County Schools is also closed Thursday. Teachers were supposed to have returned Thursday to begin preparations for the second semester. Students are expected to return Monday.
Public safety officials are urging drivers to stay off the roads again Thursday due to a mix of snow, slush and ice. Several accidents were reported Wednesday. The U.S. 17 bridge over the CSX railroad tracks in Richmond Hill and the U.S. 80 bridge over the Ogeechee River near Dashers Landing were closed briefly Wednesday morning, as was the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
Trash and recycling schedules, which were already delayed this week due to the New Year's holiday, will be pushed back further due to the storm. Please check with your local municipality or collection company for details.
As of 5:30 p.m. Georgia Power and Canoochee EMC were not reporting any power outages in Bryan County, while Coastal Electric said fewer than 30 customers in South Bryan were without power.
Be sure to see our slideshow of photos submitted by readers at http://www.bryancountynews.com/1318_snow_pics_readers/