Friday’s heavy snow claimed a life Saturday morning, when a woman hit a patch of ice while driving on Interstate 75 in Macon and crashed into a guard rail.
Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said Shirley Phillips, 61, was pronounced dead at 7:37 a.m. at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. Jones said Phillips, of a Barrett Avenue address, was headed north on I-75 about 6 a.m. She was on her way to her job at the Medical Center, where she worked in the environmental services department. Phillips hit a patch of ice on the bridge over Newberg Avenue just north of the Rocky Creek Road exit, lost control of her 2003 Nissan Altima and hit a guard rail. She was wearing a seat belt, Jones said.
About 3 inches of snow fell in Bibb County between 3 p.m. and midnight Friday, according to meteorologist Robert Beasley of the National Weather Service in Peachtree City. That figure was provided by the Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency, Beasley said.
That makes Friday’s snow the heaviest to fall in Macon during a 24-hour period since February 9, 1973, when 11 inches fell, Beasley said. Other heavy snows to hit Macon since then include 2.6 inches on March 13, 1993, 1.2 inches on Dec. 23, 1993, and 1 inch on March 1, 2009.
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The temperature sank to 26 degrees at about 8 a.m. Saturday but rose to 42 degrees by about 4:30 p.m., Beasley said. Most of the snow accumulation in Macon had melted by afternoon.
Beasley said a cold front is moving toward Macon, but it probably won’t bring any more snow.
“You’ll be lucky to get out of the 30s on Monday,” he said. “It will be blustery, too.”
According to a map on the National Weather Service’s Web site, the place in Georgia that was hardest hit by Friday’s snow was in Henry County, where about 6 inches fell.