Rain and freezing rain fell Tuesday night and Wednesday morning causing icy conditions throughout the area and power outages lasting several hours for many businesses and residences in Statesboro. Many limbs and several trees overburdened with ice fell causing hazardous driving conditions and breaking power lines. A section of Statesboro along Fair and Gentilly Roads and Brannen Street caused some many to be without power for five hours or more as crews worked to restore electricity.
The icy conditions also cancelled classes for students in public schools and universities. Bulloch County schools were closed as well as Georgia Southern, East Georgia, Ogeechee Tech, Bulloch Academy and others. Police manned several intersections where traffic lights were out directing traffic. The roads remained wet from the all day rains and with temperatures hovering around 32 degrees the threat of ice was a real possibility. Police advised people to stay home and warned of worsening conditions as the night approached.
The ice storm warning issued by the National Weather Service expired at 10 o'clock this morning. Bulloch County schools, OTC, Georgia Southern, East Georgia and Bulloch Academy remain closed today.
The Chamber of Commerce is postponing meetings and events that had been scheduled for today including the ribbon cutting at El Jalapeno and the Agribusiness Committee meeting.