Statesboro and Bulloch County haven’t seen significant snow in seven years, but today could bring flurries. The National Weather Service in Charleston, South Carolina, predicts a 70 percent chance of snow today, with 1 to 2 inches possible.
According to www.noaa.gov, there is a winter storm watch for the area from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, with winds from the northeast at 8 to 10 mph.
Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn said the main weather event is expected to be closer to the coast, as a “low pressure system is off the coast,” but he said the Bulloch County EMA and public works will be ready in case of inclement weather.
The cold is expected to last all week, with lows in the low to mid-20s and highs in the high 30s and low 40s. Temperatures are expected to rise Sunday into the mid-50s, and Monday’s high is predicted to be 64 degrees.
The extended cold snap could harm plants, so if you can bring them in, do so, said Bulloch County Extension Agent Bill Tyson, or “at least take them into a shelter or covered garage.” Covering outdoor plants with blankets will help, but do not use plastic because “humidity can get underneath and freeze, harming the plants,” he said.
Because there are no onions planted in Bulloch County this year, crops should be safe, and the cold week could even be helpful in controlling nematodes, white flies and other insects, he said.
As for driving in the snow, Statesboro Police Chief Mike Broadhead said: “Do nothing abruptly. Act as if there is an egg underneath your brake pedal (or gas pedal) you are trying not to break.”
Accelerate and stop gradually, do not yank the steering wheel if you lose control, and drive slowly, he said.
“Stay home if possible,” Broadhead added.
As usual when frigid temperatures hover for days, Wynn reminds people to provide shelter for pets if they can’t be brought inside and to check on elderly and disabled people to ensure they are warm and safe.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon maybe reached at (912) 489-9414.