Winter storm bypasses Columbus area; sun ahead

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 13, 2014 

A driver on Talbotton Road in Columbus kicks up a big spray of water Wednesday afternoon while driving through a pool of water that formed on the roadway.

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As the Chattahoochee Valley prepped for what we thought could be a second snow or ice storm, the temperatures in the Columbus area hovered above freezing, essentially knocking out any potential for hazardous conditions. Temperatures should rise dramatically in the afternoon.

Adam Baker, a meterologist with the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City, Ga., said Muscogee County was "right on the edge of the freezing line."

It hit 32 degrees at 5 a.m., but was back over freezing at 34 degrees an hour later, Baker said.

"It was all just north of you," Baker said.

The temperatures will rise steadily throughout the day, Baker said.

The big storm sweeping through the Southeast is now hovering over Atlanta but moving northeast.

The high for Thursday is forecasted to be around 52 degrees. Temperatures will only get warmer with highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s going into the weekend.

Road conditions should be good, but drivers should be cautious on back roads and bridges.

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