Please Avoid Retrieving Abandoned Vehicles

Paulding County E-911 per Paulding County Sheriff’s Department is advising people not to leave their residence if they are safe. Your vehicle will not be towed if its on the side of the road unless its a road hazard. People attempting to move their vehicle are doing more harm than good. Temperatures are not expected to get above freezing today. Most roadways are slick and still impassable.

Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Winter Storm Warning for light to moderate snow. The warning is in effect from 9 am this morning to 7 am Wednesday.

Locations include all of the Atlanta Metro and portions of North Georgia.

Hazard Types: Snow

Accumulations: 1 to 2 inches

Timing: Snow is expected to begin as early as mid morning and last into tonight. Although the snow will end close to midnight, snow covered roads will make for hazardous driving conditions through Wednesday morning.

Impacts: Snow covered roads will make travel difficult through Wednesday morning.

Visibilities: Reduced visibilities in areas of snow will also make travel difficult in addition to slick roadways.

Instructions:

A Winter Storm Warning for moderate snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, blanket, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Winter Storm Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for portions of Metro Atlanta including Paulding County.

Hazards include Snow and Sleet.

Accumulations of half an inch to 2 inches are possible.

Snow is expected to begin as early as mid-morning on Tuesday and last through Wednesday morning.

Temperatures: Hi – 26 Low – 16

Impacts from this winter weather storm include snow and ice covered roads that will make travel difficult or impossible Tuesday night into Wednesday. Ice accumulation on trees and power lines may down large limbs and cause power outages.

Instructions:

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Be sure to buy non-perishable foods. Make contingency plans if you have a need to travel during this period. If you can change your travel – do so before the event starts. Now is the time to plan – do not wait for the Warning! This is a re-broadcast from the National Weather Service forecast office in Peachtree City, Georgia. We advise you to monitor local media outlets and/or NOAA Weather Radio for the latest statements regarding this developing winter weather system.

Wind Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for North and Central Georgia effective from 10 AM this morning until 10 PM this evening.

Winds Northwest 20 to 25 MPH with gusts 30 to 40 MPH are expected.

Winds this strong can make driving difficult for high profile vehicles and unsecured outdoor items could be damaged.

Instructions:

Secure loose outdoor items. Use extreme caution driving especially high profile vehicles. Because of the cold temperatures make sure that skin is covered from the wind. Dangerously cold wind chills are expected between 3 AM and 10 AM Wednesday. Monitor local media and/or NOAA Weather for further statements and later advisories regarding very cold wind chills Wednesday.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
southwestern Cherokee County in north central Georgia
Cobb County in north central Georgia
eastern Paulding County in northwest Georgia

* until 830 am EST

* at 740 am EST… National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a
line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing quarter sized
hail… and damaging winds up to 60 mph. These storms were located
along a line extending from Acworth to Dallas to 9 miles southwest
of Dallas… moving east at 60 mph.

* Other locations in the warning include but are not limited to
Hiram… Kennesaw… Woodstock… Powder Springs… Marietta and
Smyrna.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Doppler radar has indicated rotation within this storm. Although
current data does not indicate the existence of a tornado… a tornado
may still develop. If a tornado is spotted… act quickly and move to
a place of safety inside a sturdy structure… such as a basement or
small interior room.

If you see wind damage… hail or flooding… wait until the storm has
passed… and then call the National Weather Service toll free at 1 8
6 6 7 6 3 4 4 6 6. You can also tweet your report using hashtag gawx.

Special Weather Statement

The National Weather Service is forecasting a very strong cold front to enter the area Sunday night.

Once the front enters the state on Sunday, temperatures are not forecasted to rise above freezing until Wednesday.

A Hard Freeze is forecasted to occur on Tuesday morning with a temperature of 7 degrees and even lower with the wind chill.

Instructions:

Take time this weekend to protect pipes and check heaters in advance of the cold front. Provide adequate shelter to pets and livestock. Also any moisture on the roads will freeze. Use extreme caution driving Monday and Tuesday. Avoid long exposure to the elements and make sure all exposed skin is covered to prevent frost bite. Monitor local media and/or NOAA Weather for further statements and later advisories regarding this cold front.