Patchy Black Ice Possible Overnight Through Tuesday Morning

Via the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office:

The National Weather Service is advising that Far North Georgia will have cold enough temperatures and moisture to support some light snow tonight.  Counties in the Far North Eastern section of the state are under a Winter Weather Advisory.

There is also a chance of patchy black ice for areas from Atlanta north as temperatures fall below freezing tonight and roads could become icy in spots that have not completely dried out.

Strong winds of 15-25 MPH are also possible across portions of North and Central Georgia.

Motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution tonight and tomorrow morning

 

Instructions:

Monitor local media outlets and NOAA Weather for later statements. Use caution driving, allow extra time for your commute and reduce your speeds being escpecially careful approaching bridges and overpasses.

Wind Advisory

…Wind Advisory in effect from 9 am this morning to 8 PM EST this evening…

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Wind Advisory…which is in effect from 9 am this morning to 8 PM EST this evening.

* Locations…all of north and central Georgia.

* Winds…15-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

* Timing…9 am through 8 PM.

* Impacts…winds this strong can make driving difficult for high profile vehicles. Unsecured outdoor items such as trash cans and lawn furniture may be blown around. With soils wet from the recent rainfall…these winds could down trees and large limbs.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Wind Advisory means that sustained wind speeds of at least 20 mph…or gusts to 35 mph or stronger are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult… especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Special Statement

…Some slick spots on roadways possible through mid morning across much of north Georgia… …Patchy freezing fog possible across far north Georgia…

Although precipitation has ended across north Georgia…there is some residual moisture on the roadways. This…combined with temperatures below freezing…will allow for some of this to freeze on roadways…causing patchy ice on roads and elevated surfaces. Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing around 10am this morning.

In addition to patchy ice on roadways…there are a few areas of fog across north Georgia this morning. This combined with below freezing temperatures could lead to patchy areas of freezing fog. The most likely area for this is across far north Georgia with the lower visibilities. The threat for freezing fog will diminish by mid morning as visibilities and temperatures increase.

For those that must travel this morning…use caution and slow down. Leave extra time to reach your destination.

Dense Fog Advisory

…Dense fog advisory in effect until 6 PM EST this evening…

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a dense fog advisory…which is in effect until 6 PM EST this evening.

* Locations…a large portion of north and central Georgia…south of Rome to Gainesville and north of Columbus to Perry.

* Visibilities…many visibilities of 1/4 mile or less can be expected.

* Timing…until 600 PM EST.

* Impacts…driving can be extremely difficult.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving…slow down…use your headlights…and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.

Flash Flood Watch

…Flash Flood Watch in effect until 1 PM EST this afternoon…

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of north central Georgia… northeast Georgia and northwest Georgia…including the following areas…in north central Georgia…Barrow… Cherokee…Cobb…Dawson…DeKalb…Douglas…Fannin… Forsyth…Gilmer…Gwinnett…Hall…Lumpkin…north Fulton… Pickens…South Fulton and Union. In northeast Georgia… banks…Jackson…towns and white. In northwest Georgia… Bartow…Carroll…Catoosa…Chattooga…Dade…Floyd… Gordon…Haralson…Murray…Paulding…Polk…Walker and Whitfield.

* Until 1 PM EST this afternoon.

* Some areas across northwest Georgia have already seen 1 to 2 inches of rain with isolated amounts close to 3 inches. Further south across the Atlanta Metro…rainfall amounts are not as impressive but with an additional 1 to 2 inches expected area wide…overall storm total rainfall will be on the order of 2 to 4 inches. The rainfall will end from northwest to southeast through mid morning and late afternoon.

* Flooding of low lying…poor drainage areas is likely…along with the potential flash flooding of several flood prone rivers and streams.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

Flash Flood Warning

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for… Paulding County in northwestern Georgia… Cobb County in north central Georgia…

* until 715 am EST Sunday

* at 112 am EST…National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms with heavy rain passing over the warned area. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly. Around two inches of rain have fallen during the past 6 hours and creeks are beginning to rise quickly. Flash flooding is expected on Allatoona creek within the next hour or so.

* Locations in the warning include but are not limited to Marietta…Dallas…Smyrna…Kennesaw…Acworth…Powder Springs… Austell…Hiram…Braswell…Fair Oaks…Lithia Springs…due west…Kennesaw State University…jim r Miller Park…Six Flags Over Georgia…Brownsville…New Hope…New Georgia…Lost Mountain Park and Burnt Hickory ridge.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life.

If you see significant flooding call the National Weather Service toll free at 1 8 6 6 7 6 3 4 4 6 6 or tweet US your warning at nwsatlanta.

Severe Weather Potential

Via the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office:

A risk of severe weather exists tonight across portions of North and Central Georgia with the primary threat area being the counties of North West Georgia.

A line of thunderstorms are expected to enter the state from Alabama tonight ahead of a cold front.  The storms may be strong to severe.  The main hazards will be damaging wind gusts from storms that reach severe limits and heavy rainfall.  An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

Strong to severe storms will remain a risk through Sunday afternoon.

Residents across North Georgia should monitor local media and/or NOAA Weather Radio for later statements and possible warnings.

 

Instructions:

Remain weather aware, secure loose outdoor items to prevent property damage and monitor local media and/or NOAA Weather.

Areal Flood Watch

…Flood Watch in effect from 10 PM EST this evening through Monday morning…

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a

* Flood Watch for portions of GA and Georgia…including the following areas…in GA…Fannin and Walker. In Georgia… banks…Barrow…Bartow…Carroll…Catoosa…Chattooga… Cherokee…Clayton…Cobb…Coweta…Dade…Dawson…De Kalb… Douglas…Fayette…Floyd…Forsyth…Gilmer…Gordon… Gwinnett…Hall…Haralson…heard…Henry…Jackson… Lumpkin…Meriwether…Murray…Newton…north Fulton… Paulding…Pickens…Pike…Polk…Rockdale…South Fulton… Spalding…towns…Troup…Union…Walton…white and Whitfield.

* From 10 PM EST this evening through Monday morning

* rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches on already saturated ground are expected through Monday morning. Some isolated amounts up to 3 inches will also be possible in the watch area. Rainfall is expected to accumulate in two waves with first beginning tonight through early Sunday and the second late Sunday night into Monday morning.

* Flooding of low lying…poor drainage areas is likely…along with the potential flooding of several flood prone rivers and streams…especially across north GA.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current rainfall forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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Special Statement

…Significant weather advisory for an enhanced risk of brief tornadoes and 50 mph winds in heard…Cobb…Paulding…Troup… Carroll…Coweta…South Fulton…Haralson…Douglas…Bartow…Polk and Floyd counties until 945 PM EST…

At 902 PM EST…National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a line of strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Cave Spring to 9 miles west of Franklin…and moving northeast at 80 mph.

The leading edge of this line of storms has exhibited areas of localized…weak rotation…but nothing strong enough to indicate the presence of a tornado at 902 PM EST. Still…the environment along this line suggests an enhanced risk of a brief…generally weak… tornado forming. Wind gusts to 50 mph are also possible as the line moves across heard…Cobb…Paulding…Troup…Carroll…Coweta… South Fulton…Haralson…Douglas…Bartow…Polk and Floyd counties through 945 PM EST.

Some locations in the path of these storms include Rome…Newnan…Douglasville…LaGrange…Carrollton… Cartersville…Dallas…Cedartown…Buchanan…Franklin…Acworth… Villa Rica…Powder Springs…Austell…Bremen…Adairsville… Palmetto…Temple…Rockmart and Euharlee.

Everyone in this area is urged to remain indoors and be alert to the possibility of localized wind damage and weak tornadoes that form and dissipate rapidly. Once this line of thunderstorms moves east of your area…the risk of tornado formation will decrease significantly.

A Tornado Watch remains in effect. Continue to monitor NOAA Weather Radio…weather.Gov or other media outlets for further statements or possible warnings on these storms.

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