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Local officials warn about cold snap

With roller coaster weather typical of south Georgia, temperatures are expected to bounce between cool and downright chilly as weather experts also predict sunshine one day and clouds the next.

Local officials urge citizens to play it safe, be careful with watering lawns and observe safety precautions regarding heating.

The  National Weather Service predicts a slight chance of showers tonight through Sunday night, then “breezy and blustery” weather Monday. Temperatures are expected to drop to 39 degrees Sunday night and plummet to 17 degrees Monday night, with highs in the upper low 60s Sunday, upper 40s Monday and falling off to the mid-30s Tuesday. A low of 20 degrees is expected Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Robert Seamans, the streets and parks supervisor for the city of Statesboro, is concerned about sprinkler systems and other irrigation systems being operated during freezing weather.

City officials spent Friday contacting business owners and citizens to ask  that they turn off sprinklers because runoff and overspray can freeze and endanger both pedestrians and drivers, he said.

“This causes a lot of public safety concerns,” he said.

Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn offered more advice, suggesting citizens wrap or drip pipes, bring plants and pets inside, check on those who are elderly or disabled and might need help, and observe safe practices when using mobile and other heating sources.

“Stay indoors and don’t run water (outside),”he said. “The freezing water can create a slipping hazard.”

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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