January 28, 2014 --
SOURCE: The National Weather Service
The National Weather Service has reported the Southwest Georgia region will be experiencing freezing rain, sleet and snow over the next 24 hours, along with frigid temperatures and wind chills for the next 48 hours. Light rain this afternoon is expected to gradually change to freezing rain this evening, possibly mixing with snow and/or sleet overnight and into Wednesday morning.
· Freezing Rain – up to a quarter of an inch, with isolated higher amounts possible
· Snow/Sleet – accumulation of as much as two inches in the local area
· Travel Problems – icy, slick roads tonight through Wednesday in the local area
· Power Outages – heavier icing could cause significant power outages
· Elevated surfaces and bridges are more prone to freezing
· Even small accumulations of ice/snow can create significant travel impacts
1. Due to these impacts, as of 1700 today, normal base operations will shut down.
2. LOGCOM, Production Plant Albany, Defense Logistics Agency, Marine Corps Systems Command and all other tenant commands are included in the shutdown.
3. All non-critical, non-emergency services such as the Child Development Center, Commissary, Marine Corps Exchange, Naval Branch Health Clinic, etc., are also included in the shutdown.
4. The Johnson Road and Commercial Truck Gates will be closed to all traffic until normal operations resume. Normal operations are expected to resume at some point on Thursday, 30 January. An update with an expected time for return to normal operations will be made by 1600 Wednesday, 29 January 2014.
5. All members of the Base community are advised to monitor the Base Emergency Destructive Weather Hotline at (229) 639-7600 for up-to-date information. In addition, personnel can watch local television stations WALB, Channel 10; WFXL Fox 31; or listen to one of the Clear Channel radio stations for information on the winter storm.
*** All commands, activities and personnel are advised that while the Base never officially “closes,” it is MCLB Albany’s intention to reduce the number of vehicles and personnel on the roads during and immediately after the storm by the greatest extent possible. Such a reduction of traffic will limit the exposure of personnel to the hazards of driving in winter storm conditions, ease the burden on emergency responders and allow repair crews to circulate the Base without unnecessary interference.