January 5, 2014 

Macon set a new record low Tuesday with 11 degrees breaking the old record of 14 set in 1924.

The National Weather Service reports single-digit low temperatures in several cities in north Georgia.

The lowest temperatures recorded since midnight include: 5 degrees in Cartersville, Gainesville, Marietta and Northeast Atlanta; 6 degrees in Atlanta, Rome and West Atlanta; 7 degrees in Athens and 8 degrees in Peachtree City.

The warm spot in the state was Valdosta, which reported an overnight low of 22 degrees.

Temperatures are not expected to get above freezing Tuesday in most of the state.

Frost bite and hypothermia are possible if precautions are not taken.

Animal shelters and rescue groups recommend bringing pets indoors to protect them from freezing temperatures.

Heather Zaresky, founder of Cochran-based Georgia Canine Rescue and Rehabilitation, said if there is absolutely no way to bring pets inside, refuge should be provided by leaving bottom of garage doors open and providing bedding inside the garage for outdoor cats. Dog houses also need bedding and wind protection, she said.

The U.S. Humane Society offers these winter pet care tips: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/protect_pets_winter.html

The following school systems have announced their plans due to the impending weather conditions.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

• Baldwin County schools will be closed for students, faculty and staff Tuesday.

• The Bibb County school system announced all schools will be closed for students on Tuesday, but school and district staff must report at 10 a.m. Planned athletic events will continue as scheduled.

• The community forum planned for Tuesday to address the search for a Bibb County school superintendent has been rescheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. at Central High School, 2155 Napier Ave.

• Crawford County schools will be closed for students Tuesday and Wednesday. Faculty and staff should report at 10 a.m. both days.

• Dublin city schools announced they will open two hours late on Tuesday. The delay applies to all students, faculty and staff. Bus-stop times are also affected; dismissal times will remain the same as usual.

• Houston County schools will open Tuesday at regular times.

• Jones County schools will be closed for students Tuesday. Employees should report to work at 9 a.m.

• Laurens County schools will be closed Tuesday for students and staff.

• Monroe County schools has canceled all classes and activities for Tuesday, and school will be delayed for one hour Wednesday. A public hearing on the rezoning of elementary school districts that was scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed to 7 p.m. Thursday at the board of education auditorium.

• Peach County schools will be closed for students, faculty and staff Tuesday. All school activities will be canceled as well as the scheduled monthly board meeting.

• Pulaski County schools will be closed for students Tuesday. Faculty and staff are to report at 9:30 a.m. All after-school activities are canceled. There is a two-hour delay for students and staff Wednesday. After-school activities will remain canceled.

• Twiggs County schools will be closed Tuesday.

• Wilkinson County schools will be closed Tuesday due to frigid temperatures.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

• First Presbyterian Day School will be open Tuesday at regular times.

• M.A. Evans grade school and Gantt’s Pre-school in Macon will be closed Tuesday.

• Mount de Sales Academy will operate under a normal schedule Tuesday.

• Tattnall Square Academy will be closed for students, faculty and staff Tuesday. All planned athletic events will continue as planned.

• The Westfield School will be closed for students, faculty and staff Tuesday. All athletic games and practices will be canceled.

• Windsor Academy will be closed for students and staff Tuesday. All athletic games and extracurricular activities also are canceled.

-- Staff reports

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