Bryan County Emergency Services Director Jim Anderson said Monday that there is a 30 percent chance of "mixed precipitation" through Friday, which could mean sleet or snow.
On Tuesday, Ron Morales with the National Weather Service said the chances of rain over this time period have increased to 50 percent, "but we think it’s most likely just going to be rain."
However, Morales said there is another cold front on its way that may mean snow for coastal Georgia over the weekend.
"Just a slight variation to the north for this system would mean all snow for the area, but it’s too early to tell what it’s going to do," Morales said. "We’ll have a clearer picture by Thursday."Morales said the freezing event is could occur Friday night and Saturday morning. Morales noted that the potential for snow over the weekend would be better than earlier forecasts because of the decrease in commuting and kids being out of school over the weekend.
The last time it snowed in Bryan County was in December, 1989.
The next few days will be cold, regardless of whether it snows or sleets. Forecasts call for lows in the mid-to-low 20s, then an overnight low of 18 Friday morning. That’s unusual for coastal Georgia in early January.
"It’s normally not this cold this time of year," Anderson. "It usually doesn’t get this cold until February."
Tuesday, the National Weather Service reported that the rest of this week will be subject to "well below normal temperatures across the area (coastal Georgia). An arctic cold front will affect the region Thursday night or Friday. Another arctic high pressure system will build into the area over the weekend and persist into next week."
Weather conditions are anticipated to become most extreme during the night. Thomas Sanders with Bryan County Animal Control advises pet owners to either bring their animals indoors after dark or provide adequate shelter, such as a dog house with padding or blankets. He said the conditions could be life-threatening otherwise during this cold spell.
Janice Blunt with the Bryan County branch of the United Way said discounted winter coats are available at the Clothesline in Pembroke. She said donations of heaters and winter supplies are welcome at the location as well, to be dispersed to underprivileged folks in the area. Call Blunt at 653-5344 for more information.
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