Due to weather forecasts that are calling for 1-3 inches of freezing rain, sleet and snow, Bryan County governmental offices will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 3. All non-essential personnel have been asked to stay home tomorrow to minimize dangers associated with being on roadways as precipitation accumulates. Emergency services will operate as usual and a small crew will be on hand at government offices to answer phones and disseminate information.
Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for 10-12 hours starting early Wednesday morning, according to Bryan County Emergency Management Chief Freddy Howell, and there is potential for flooding on the county’s south end when the tide is high. Bryan County officials have been in contact with the Georgia Department of Transportation, and they have confirmed plans to salt and/or sand bridges and other areas where ice could accumulate. Bryan County Public Works has already begun preparing its 10 locally controlled bridges and roadways for the weather. However, motorists are still urged to exercise caution when in transit.
All health departments and public health facilities in Bryan County will be closed Jan. 3 and are expected to reopen at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4. Bryan County Schools are still on winter holiday, with teachers expected to return Jan. 4 and students on Jan. 8.
Homeowners and business owners may want to turn off irrigation systems, as the water can cause ice on the ground and roadways. In addition, all pets should be brought indoors.