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Winter not over yet; Freezing rain possible Tuesday morning
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    After weeks of springlike days, winter sends a reminder that it’s not finished. This morning, residents of Statesboro and Bulloch County awoke to chilly weather and possible freezing rain.
    Monday, Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn warned of possible rain mixed with sleet early this morning, with chances increasing to 50 percent later in the day.
    The National Weather Service reported sleet may be possible before 10 a.m. today, but afterwards, expect cloudy skies and possible rain showers.
    The morning low for Tuesday is in the low 30s, which may turn rain into sleet, Wynn said. “Just stay tuned to your weather
services and plan accordingly.”
    High today is not expected to reach the 60s, instead hovering around 57 degrees. The low tonight is expected to be around 44 degrees, and this should bring an end to the frigid weather, he said.
    Wednesday promises to be sunny and warmer, with temps rising to 68 degrees. While National Weather Service predictions are that Thursday will be warm (71 degrees,) there will be another chance for rain at 30 percent then.
    Wynn said rains are needed, as it is extremely dry. Bulloch County firefighters had a busy weekend fighting several grass fires, he said.
    “This past weekend fire personnel were out with a number of brush fires,” he said. ”The windy dry conditions make it extremely dangerous to burn.” He advised people “not to burn anything during these drought conditions.”
    Monday afternoon, firefighters battled a brush fire on Home Road in Stilson that threatened structures. Wynn said breezy conditions paired with dry weather for several months increases the danger of wildfires.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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