WINTER STORM WARNING: List of closures, weather details
Published 6:42 pm Monday, January 27, 2014
LIST OF CLOSINGS:
- Decatur County Schools will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 29 and will resume Thursday.
- Grace Christian Academy has decided to close the school Wednesday, Jan. 29 in interest of keeping the students and staff safe during the possibility of inclement weather.
In a message to students on the school Facebook page, administrators said this will change the schedule as follows: Please note the following schedule for the remainder of the week: Thursday will be a “B” day, Friday will be a “B” day, and Monday (Feb. 3) will be an “A” day.
- Bainbridge State College has cancelled classes for Wednesday
- The Bainbridge YMCA will be closed Wednesday but childcare services will remain open.
- The Bainbridge State College GED graduation is rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Kirbo Center.
- The Southwest Georgia Regional Library System will be closed
- The Decatur County Health Department will be closed Wednesday and will reopen Thursday.
- All non-emergency Decatur County offices
- All city offices will remain open
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning effective Tuesday, Jan. 28 until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
The National Weather Service of Tallahassee is forecasting rain Tuesday night sometime before 1 a.m. then freezing rain likely between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Sleet and more freezing rain are likely to start after 4 a.m. Temperatures will remain in the low 30s.
The Decatur County EMA has issued a warning, stating the area could see a possible ice accumulation of .25 inches. Rain will begin Tuesday afternoon and will turn into freezing rain after dark through Wednesday morning.
With ice threats coming to the area, schools are on standby for changes to their schedule.
The city and other utility services are gearing up for the storm and are remaining on standby should ice in the area become a threat.
Joe Truhett, Georgia Power Manager for the Bainbridge area said the power company is getting prepared for a winter storm, but have worked to do certain tasks throughout the year like tree trimming that will help during this storm.
“We have made preliminary plans for either travel to assist other locations that could be affected or arranging for logistics and accommodations should we have to bring people in here should the storm hit us,” Truhett said. “The best thing we can do to prevent outages is tree trimming. We have a tree trimming schedule so that once every three to five years the trees that could be a potential threat to our lines are trimmed.”
Truhett said they are making preparations now because the threat of a winter storm is very real Tuesday and Wednesday. He said, if ice does arrive, the power company is prepared to respond as quickly as humanly possible while still acting as safely as possible.
Bainbridge City Manager Chris Hobby said, should their be icy roads, the city is prepared to pour sand on bridges and other areas to minimize the danger.