… Wind Advisory remains in effect from 1 am to 7 PM EST Monday…
* locations… north and central Georgia
* winds… 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Winds will be
southwest Monday morning… shifting to the northwest by Monday
* Timing… winds will be gusty this evening near any
thunderstorms. Behind the thunderstorms and a cold front… winds
will pick up. The highest winds are expected between 1 am and
7pm Monday… although some winds may remain gusty into Monday
night… particularly in the north Georgia mountains.
* Impacts… these winds may break tree branches and down weaker
trees… particularly those in saturated soils due to recent
heavy rainfall. Unsecured outdoor items may be blown around.
A Wind Advisory means that winds of at least 20 mph or wind gusts
of at least 35 mph mph are expected. Winds this strong can make
driving difficult… especially for high profile vehicles. Use
Tornado Watch 21 remains in effect until 800 PM EST for the
. Georgia counties included are
Appling Atkinson Bacon
Baker Baldwin Ben Hill
Berrien Bibb Bleckley
Brantley Brooks Butts
Calhoun Camden Carroll
Charlton Chattahoochee Clay
Clayton Clinch Cobb
Coffee Colquitt Cook
Coweta Crawford crisp
Decatur DeKalb Dodge
Dooly Dougherty Douglas
early Echols Emanuel
Fayette Fulton Glascock
Glynn Grady Greene
Gwinnett Hancock Harris
heard Henry Houston
Irwin Jasper Jeff Davis
Jefferson Johnson Jones
Lamar Lanier Laurens
Lee Lowndes Macon
Marion Meriwether Miller
Mitchell Monroe Montgomery
Morgan Muscogee Newton
Paulding Peach Pierce
Pike Pulaski Putnam
Quitman Randolph Rockdale
Schley Seminole Spalding
Stewart Sumter Talbot
Taliaferro Taylor Telfair
Terrell Thomas Tift
Toombs Treutlen Troup
Turner Twiggs Upson
Walton Ware Warren
Washington Wayne Webster
Wheeler Wilcox Wilkinson
Via Stephen M. Dooley, Paulding EMA Coordinator, as reported by the NOAA Storm Prediction Center:
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PUBLIC SEVERE WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1039 AM CST SUN JAN 22 2017
...Outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms expected over
parts of the southeast US this afternoon and tonight...
Central and southern Georgia
Northern Florida including much of the Panhandle
Central and southern South Carolina
Numerous tornadoes, several intense and long track
Scattered damaging winds
Scattered large hail
A severe thunderstorm and tornado outbreak is expected today
across north Florida and south Georgia, with the significant
severe threat also expected to extend southward into central
Florida and northeastward into South Carolina this evening.
Review your severe weather safety procedures for the possibility
of dangerous weather today. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio,
weather.gov, or other media for watches and warnings. A tornado
watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form
during the next several hours. If a tornado warning is issued for
your area, move to a place of safety, ideally in a basement or
interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building.
… Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through this evening…
The Flash Flood Watch continues for
* north and central Georgia.
* Through this evening
* a strong upper level disturbance and abundant Gulf moisture
will combine to create widespread showers and thunderstorms
overnight and well into Sunday. Rainfall will be heavy at
times and may move repeatedly across the same areas. Two to
four inches of rain has already fallen today. Additional
rainfall amounts of one to three inches will be likely… with
locally higher amounts possible.
* Flooding in low lying and flood prone areas will be likely. In
addition… creeks… streams and rivers may overflow their
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.
... Low clouds and fog expected this morning...
Fog... low clouds and patchy drizzle will affect much of north and
central Georgia this morning. The fog will dense in spots... with
visibilities reduced to less than 1/2 mile at times. Motorists are
urged to slow down and use low beam headlights.
The fog is expected to lift somewhat through mid morning as
showers and thunderstorms begin to overspread the area from the
south and west.
There is also a possibility for severe weather this morning and early afternoon, based on observations of the system moving through right now. We will continue to monitor and advise of any locally severe situations. — pauldingweather.com staff
… Black ice possible on roadways and walkways…
* locations… all of north Georgia and into portions of central
Georgia, generally along and north of a line from Carrollton to
Atlanta to Gainesville.
* Hazard types… black ice.
* Impacts… high temperatures will remain below freezing today, allowing
areas of ice to remain frozen on surfaces. Slick spots on roads,
bridges, and walkways will make travel hazardous.
It has been reported that most roads in Paulding are partially or fully iced over. The temperature is not likely to get above freezing today. If you must travel please exercise extreme caution. Paulding 911 reports that Highway 278 at Watts Road is particularly dangerous at this time.
… Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 PM EST this
… Wind Chill Advisory in effect until noon EST today…
The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Wind
Chill Advisory… which is in effect until noon EST today.
* Locations… extreme north Georgia down to parts of the west
Atlanta Metro area. This includes Atlanta and all of the
* Hazard types… black ice and wind chills. Some tress and
branches could fall or break with the gusty winds.
* Timing… until 100 PM today.
* Impacts… roads… including bridges and overpasses… could be
slick making travel extremely hazardous. Some trees and branches
could fall or break with the gusty winds.
* Winds… becoming northwest winds at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to
* Wind chills… winds chills will range between 5 degrees above
zero to 10 degrees below zero for a few hours this morning.
A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow… sleet
and ice are expected or occurring or travel from recent snow and
ice could be dangerous.
A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds
will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in
frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
If you must venture outdoors… make sure you wear a hat and
This post will be updated with any reported observations and notices of road closures and incidents as they come in. Please report your observations to us using the following methods:
Friday @2130 – Sleet and freezing rain observed in South Paulding, reports of 0.5 inches of ice on roads in Buchanan, GA.
Friday @2330 – Powder Springs PD reports that all roads in Powder Springs have ice accumulation.
The previous watch has been upgraded to a warning:
… Winter Storm Warning in effect from 4 PM Friday to 1 PM EST
The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a
Winter Storm Warning for north and portions of central Georgia… which
is in effect from 4 PM Friday to 1 PM EST Saturday. The Winter
Storm Watch is no longer in effect.
* Locations… much of north and parts of west central Georgia…
generally north of a line from Hamilton to Forsyth to Lexington.
This includes all of the Atlanta Metro area.
* Hazard types… snow.
* Accumulations… 2 to 4 inches with locally higher amounts.
* Timing… beginning early Friday evening as a rain… snow… or
sleet mix… becoming all snow overnight Friday night. The snow
will end from west to east through the morning Saturday.
* Impacts… roads will become slick making travel hazardous.
Snowfall may be heavy at times. Travel could quickly
become dangerous. Exercise extreme caution if travel is
* Winds… northwest winds at 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph.
* Temperatures… temperatures Friday evening will be in the low to
mid 30s… falling into the mid to upper 20s by Saturday morning.
Highs will be in the 30s Saturday afternoon… and some areas may
struggle to rise above freezing.
A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow 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… food… and water in
your vehicle in case of an emergency. Strong winds are also
possible… which will also make travel very hazardous or