Warming trend, rain to follow Macon’s record cold

lfabian@macon.comJanuary 8, 2014 

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Apparently unseasonable cold weather did not interrupt automatic sprinklers along Tucker Road near Weatherby Plantation Wednesday but somebody did not forget to warn passers-by of a small amount of ice that formed on the roadway. Temperatures began rising above freezing Wednesday afternoon.

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Severe thunderstorms could end a wild weather week that saw record cold and near-subzero wind chills in Macon.

Temperatures in the upper 60s are expected Saturday, which could help fuel strong, more springlike storms in Middle Georgia.

Some parts of the midstate might see freezing drizzle until about 10 a.m. Thursday depending on the timing of the precipitation and the anticipated low of about 28 degrees.

By late morning, the region should warm above 32 degrees and stay above freezing for several days.

This week will go down in the weather record book for its frigid temperatures.

Temperatures rapidly plunged from 60 degrees early Monday to below freezing by 8 a.m., only warmed to the upper 30s that afternoon, then stayed below freezing from 5 p.m. Monday until late Wednesday morning.

Wednesday morning’s low of 12 degrees broke the old record of 13 set in 1970.

As the temperature bottomed out, a pipe broke at the Flash Foods in the 4300 block of Pio Nono Avenue shortly after 6 a.m.

Water spewing 50 feet into the air quickly froze on the pavement at the base of Dewey Street.

The Macon Water Authority turned off the valve at the meter and a Macon-Bibb public works crew spread sand and salt to keep cars from sliding around on the slick spots.

Later in the morning, an ambulance was called for a woman who fell on ice at the corner of College and Forsyth streets. A water leak near a construction site sent a small stream down the gutter toward the intersection.

The low of 12 was only a degree warmer than Tuesday’s record of 11 degrees, which was accompanied by brisk winds that made it feel more like single-digits.

Tuesday broke the record of 14 degrees set in 1924, and set record low maximum temperature of 29 degrees. It was 6 degrees cooler than the prior record of 35 degrees set Jan. 7, 1988.

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