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Temperature is unusually cold for area

For the second time in less than a week, a blast of cold arctic air has hit the South.

And residents of McDuffie and Warren counties and surrounding areas are feeling the effects, with temperatures dipping into the teens.

On Sunday afternoon, snow flurries and sleet fell in several areas of McDuffie County. There were no reports of any accumulation.

News spread quickly throughout the county when snowflakes combined with sleet began falling in the Thomson area about 3 p.m.

The event was short-lived, though. It lasted a little less than an hour.

There were no weather-related wrecks or other mishaps locally, authorities said.

Gusty winds, packing speeds of better than 25 mph howled from Sunday afternoon through Monday.

At times, winds reached as high as 40 mph in the Thomson area. Blustery conditions continued through Tuesday. Temperatures plummeted to 23 degrees Monday morning and rose to just above freezing at 37 degrees.

Lake wind advisories were posted.

Factoring in the winds with the temperatures, it felt like 10 degrees Monday morning, according to Steve Ferguson, a disc jockey with WTHO Radio Station in Thomson.

It's the second blast of cold arctic air to dip this far south in a week's time.

Much of last week, temperatures actually were 25 degrees below the average for this time of the year.

Patchy ice formed along many neighborhood streets and in downtown Thomson and Warrenton on Monday morning.

Several patches of ice could be seen along Tom Watson Way in Thomson.

The forecast for the remainder of this week calls for unusually cold temperatures in the morning hours. The high temperatures were expected to climb into the 40s.

Web posted on Thursday, December 16, 2010

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