AUGUSTA, GEORGIA –
A lot of people played it safe during the first snow day of the year.
As part of the Winter Storm Warning, people were asked to stay home and avoid driving and it seems like most people listened. WJBF News Channel 6’s Stefany Bornman has a look at the winter storm conditions that hit the CSRA on Saturday.
“I just woke up and there was snow outside,” is what some said about the snow on Saturday.
The first snowfall of the year covered cars, sidewalks, some roads and most bridges. A group joggers braved the icy roads to compete in the 3rd annual Navy Classic 10 mile and 5K, but others chose to stay home and watch the snow fall.
“My kids went out there and started playing in it round 10-o-clock. My little 5-year-old, 9-year-old daughter, and 12-year-old son went out there and got their fingers frozen,” said Curtis Green a resident of South Augusta.
It truly was a winter wonderland, but the reality is once all this snow melts it’s still very dangerous to drive on roads because they are very saturated and still super slippery.
“Be careful going over bridges,” Green told WJBF News Channel 6.
Snow covered the sides of the 5th Street Bridge. While on 13th Street going into North Augusta, a thin layer of snow-covered the bridge. Yet, even a light dusting of snow creates the potential for deadly driving conditions.
“It’s dangerous if there’s ice on the road,” said a viewer.
Black ice was reported in only a few places, but the Georgia Department of Transportation immediately treated those areas. So when people started leaving their homes after the early morning snowfall, the roadways were safe to drive on again.
“So you didn’t have to drive through the snow this morning?” Asked WJBF News Channel 6’s Stefany Bornman.
“No like I said the roads and everything were clear,” Green said.
Only a few snow-related car accidents were reported and none of them involved serious injuries.
Most of the roads across the CSRA were pre-treated in case of the snowfall, but crews were on standby with salt and sand for any emergencies.