The mild and somewhat “warm” weather Monday has quickly left to only be replaced with the freezing cold as Tifton residents bundle up and prepare for another cold snap. The cold weather is expected to last up until Thursday with higher temperatures returning Friday.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for late Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning. Light rain, snow, sleet and/or freezing rain are possible in the Tifton area, including several other surrounding areas.
According to the NWS, an arctic cold front was expected to move through the region Monday night with very cold air streaming in behind it Tuesday. Light rain will develop during the day and gradually change to freezing rain Tuesday night. Accumulations will generally range from a tenth to two-tenths of an inch with locally higher amounts in excess of one-quarter inch possible. Late Tuesday night and early Wednesday, some of the freezing rain may mix with light snow or sleet before the precipitation tapers off from northwest to southeast. Little accumulation of snow or sleet is likely.
Tift County Emergency Management Agency Director Jason Jones told The Gazette Monday afternoon, “We’re looking at lows around 30 degrees Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.” He said the temperature will begin increasing Friday with a high of 61 degrees.
As far as the weather conditions that will come with the freezing cold, he said one of their biggest concerns is precipitation.
“We’re looking for some rain late (Tuesday), early Wednesday morning. Of course that coupled with the freezing temperatures can make the roadways icy. Bridges are probably our biggest point of concern,” Jones said. “Just the rain associated with the cold weather, freezing conditions are what we’re paying close attention to.”
He added that the Tift County Roads Department has taken some precautionary steps by preparing to put sand on the roadways, if necessary. He said sand helps with traction on icy roadways.