As the snow and ice started to melt away Thursday, Georgians began venturing back outside. Wesley McConnell owns Thumb’s Up, a Decatur diner that serves breakfast all day. He and several of his employees stayed in a nearby hotel so that he could keep the restaurant open throughout the storm.
Many students across the state were supposed to be back in the classroom Monday, but instead, they spent their first scheduled school day after winter break at home. Dozens of school systems have canceled classes for Monday and Tuesday because of the frigid temperatures.
Federal funds to help the poor pay heating bills have already been exhausted across the state. Usually, the money helps thousands of poor Georgians, but Congress has not funded the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and money has run out in Athens, Augusta, Macon and Savannah.
The extreme northern portion of the state is under a winter weather advisoryovernight Thursday as a mixture of rain and snow moves into the area. The National Weather Service expects the mix to turn to snow after midnight. Overnight lows from the upper 20's to lower 30's in the north and upper 30's and 40's in the south.
Daytime summer temperatures were warm, but not abnormally so for most of the state from June through August. An exception was in west Georgia, where Columbus had its warmest-ever daytime summer readings. But in reviewing average nighttime temperatures, state climatologist David Stooksbury found records or near-records were set most everywhere.