Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

January 6, 2014

Valdosta buckles down for icy temperatures

VALDOSTA — Temperatures in South Georgia are expected to crash tonight as a record-breaking mass of arctic cold air pushes its way south, according to the National Weather Service.

Today’s high for Valdosta is predicted by the National Weather Service to top out at 46 degrees, bottoming out tonight at 18 degrees according to a 4 p.m. Sunday forecast. The commercial AccuWeather service’s forecast calls for a high in Valdosta of 49 with a low of 21.

While the lows hit the teens in Valdosta in 2012, the last time the high temperature was so low was in 1996, said Jeanie McDermott, a weather service forecaster in Tallahassee, Fla. Valdosta is under a hard freeze warning until noon Tuesday.

A strong low pressure system that originated in Canada is shoving arctic air very far south, she said.

The blast of cold air will be in contrast to Sunday’s high in Valdosta in the 60s. McDermott said a warming trend is not unusual before a cold front moves in.

“In the winter, we often see wild variations in temperatures,” though such swings are more common in the north and New England, she said.

While there is a slight chance of showers this morning, the moisture is expected to be gone by the time temperatures start falling this afternoon, so ice and snow are not expected in the Valdosta area, McDermott said.

Lowndes County Emergency Management Director Ashley Tye has been in contact with local shelters that routinely provide shelter to the homeless whenever the county expects below-freezing temperatures. The last time temperatures fell significantly in Lowndes County and a shelter was opened, only the homeless came to the shelter, said Paige Dukes, public information officer for Lowndes County.

“At this time we feel we have adequate space to accommodate the homeless population without opening additional shelters,” said Tye. “We will monitor this over the next few days and if they begin to reach capacity or need additional assistance to accommodate an increased population we will assess the need for additional shelters at that time. LAMP and Salvation Army may fill up but the Mission Point Church downtown has plenty of room.”

Though there are no plans at the moment to open Mathis Municipal Auditorium as a night shelter, it is available if the need arises, said Sementha Mathews, public information officer for the City of Valdosta.

Citizens do not have to be homeless to take advantage of shelter space; however, all shelter occupants must be prepared to follow guidelines set forth by shelter staff.

Officials want to remind the public about the need for safety during cold weather.

“Each year in Lowndes County, structure fires occur due to substandard heating and/or items or appliances that produce heat being used outside of manufacturer instructions. Citizens are encouraged to protect themselves and their families by making sure kerosine heaters are used properly, space heaters are in good working order and free-standing from flammable materials and that fireplaces are used in accordance with rating guidelines. Wood should not be burned in fireplace inserts rated for gas logs,” said Lowndes County Fire Chief Richard Guyton.

In addition, pets should not be left outside until temperatures return to average for this time of year.

According to the weather service, homeowners with exposed water pipes should take precautions to keep pipes from freezing and bursting.

Neither city or county operations or services are expected to be impacted by the freezing weather, according to Dukes and Mathews.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 140422-Dan_Keplinger003.jpg The Art of Determination

    Artist Dan Keplinger invests passion into his frenetic pieces. His line work teems with energy. An unexpected trait in the often technically precise medium of printmaking.

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • 140422-RibbonCutting.jpg Learning center named in Horne’s honor

    Noting his lengthy legacy in educating the region's young people, Valdosta City Schools officially renamed the Pinevale Learning Center Tuesday in honor of the late Maceo A. Horne Jr.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rose: Dismiss ‘Quitman 11’ case

    Following the second mistrial in the case of a Brooks County woman accused of voter fraud, a local civil rights leader has called for the issue to be dismissed, but prosecutors plan to seek prosecution for a third time.

    April 23, 2014

  • Lawsuit challenging Ga. gay marriage ban filed

    A gay rights group filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday challenging Georgia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

    April 23, 2014

  • Commission denies City’s annexation request

    Lowndes County received an annexation request from the City of Hahira for five parcels of land that spanned approximately 66 acres, for the purpose of future development, and because the applicant sought city water and sewer.

    April 23, 2014

  • Confederate Memorial Day observed this weekend

    The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Valdosta Chapter 471, will observe Confederate Memorial Day, 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Sunset Hill Cemetery.

    April 23, 2014

  • connell book review.jpg Literary Guild hears Fannie Flagg’s latest

    “Reading for fun is great, but learning while reading is super,” Sandra Connell told the Literary Guild at the April meeting.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Performance index tops Lowndes school board meeting

    Lowndes County Board of Education celebrated the results of the College and Career Readiness Performance Index scores during its regular session Monday night.

    April 23, 2014

  • N1401P14008C.TIF Sheriff hosts Prescription Take-Back Day

    The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office will collect unused medications this Saturday as a part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140421 - flooding Shiloh Rd B#1.jpg Road re-opens following flooding

    Lowndes County officials re-opened one road Monday while keeping an eye on the area’s waterways for potential flooding.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

Top News
Poll

Given the amount of rain recently, what's your favorite “rain” song?

Singing in the Rain
Purple Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
November Rain
Rainy Night in Georgia
Other
     View Results