No roads closed in Bibb County this morning but drivers were urged to stay off the streets until after noon following reports of up to four inches of snow fell Friday. Slush froze solid overnight as temperatures dropped down to about 25 degrees early today, but road conditions improved dramatically once the sun rose. Slushy spots will refreeze tonight as temperatures drop back to the upper 20s.
Interim Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Director LaTravius Smith said the heaviest snow fell in the Jeffersonville Road area with four inches, according to a deputy's report.
The interstate corridor was passable with caution and the Macon Transit Authority resumed operations by late morning.
"Our major problems were vehicle accidents and lack of sensibility on behalf of those drivers," Smith said in a telephone interview after deactivating the Emergency Operations Center at about 8 a.m. "So far no fatalities but one is really hanging on by a thread right now."
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That most serious accident happened on the Newberg Avenue overpass at Interstate 75, she said.
Smith said she was amazed another driver was not seriously hurt in an accident at Ayers and Mumford roads.
"The girl took out two utilities poles and totaled her car but walked away without a scratch," Smith said.
That accident was responsible for the county's only power outage although trees were bending over power lines when she toured the county Friday night, she said.
"There were a lot of fender-benders and a couple of vehicles in the ditch because they slipped, but not many injuries."
According to The National Weather Service's snowfall total report as of 10:45 p.m. Friday, the greatest snowfall totals of five to six inches were reported in Stewart County south of Columbus. The official climate report from the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon shows missing data for the snowfall total but .57 of an inch of precipitation.
Here is a list of Middle Georgia snowfall totals in inches as compiled by the NWS through 10:45 p.m. Feb. 12:Baldwin 2Bibb 3Bleckley 4Crawford 4Crisp 1Dodge 3Dooly 4Greene 4Hancock 3Houston 3Jasper 3.5Johnson 2Jones 3Lamar 2Laurens 4Macon 2Meriwether 3Monroe 2Peach 4Pulaski 2Putnam 3Schley 3Taylor 3Telfair 0.5Treutlen 3Twiggs 4Upson 2Washington 4Wheeler 3 Wilcox 2Wilkinson 4