Macon-Bibb services restart as crews watch for refreeze

Macon-Bibb services restarting as crews watch for refreeze

jgaines@macon.comJanuary 30, 2014 

Snow that melted Thursday will turn to ice Friday morning, forecaster Adam Baker from the National Weather Service warned during the agency’s weekly weather briefing.

The weekly conference call was monitored locally from the Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency bunker next to Government Center, 700 Poplar St.

Weather service maps showed the Macon area got 2 to 3 inches of snow and about 0.2 inches of accumulated ice from Tuesday night’s storm. The snow cover kept temperatures 10 to 15 degrees below earlier predictions as it kept Wednesday’s sunlight from being absorbed, Baker said.

That kept local temperatures below freezing for 31 hours, as of 11 a.m. Thursday.

Macon-Bibb crews spread salt and sand on icy major intersections and bridges, EMA Director Don Druitt said.

“Anytime the public would call in, we would respond to those incidents,” he said. Workers will keep tending to icy streets, but walkers should take as much care as drivers, especially in shady spots, Druitt said.

City offices were to reopen at noon Thursday, and regular services restarted at the same time, Public Affairs Director Chris Floore said. Public Works crews should be able to pick up Thursday most of the trash they normally would have collected Wednesday, he said. Trash collection will run a day behind, so workers will pick up on Friday what they’d usually handle Thursday, Floore said.

Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority buses were back on all routes Thursday afternoon, MTA Operations Manager Jade Daniels said. Bus service should be back on its regular schedule Friday, she said.

Though some melting of ice and snow should occur Thursday afternoon, that water could easily become black ice on streets Friday morning as temperatures dip again overnight, Baker said.

The Friday high should be about 56 degrees, but another chill with rain is expected Sunday followed by a strong cold front, with possible high winds, Tuesday night, he said.

“So in summary, our roller-coaster winter does continue,” Baker said.

To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.

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