Wind Advisory

… 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.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

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
extra caution.

Tornado Watch

Tornado Watch 21 remains in effect until 800 PM EST for the 
following locations

.    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           

Severe Weather Outlook

Via Stephen M. Dooley, Paulding EMA Coordinator, as reported by the NOAA Storm Prediction Center:

   WOUS40 KWNS 221639

   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
     Southeast Alabama
     Central and southern South Carolina

   * HAZARDS...
     Numerous tornadoes, several intense and long track
     Scattered damaging winds
     Scattered large hail

   * SUMMARY...
     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.

   Preparedness actions...

   Review your severe weather safety procedures for the possibility
   of dangerous weather today. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio,, 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.


   ..Leitman.. 01/22/2017


Flash Flood Watch

… 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

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.

Special Statement

... 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. — staff

Special Statement – Black Ice

… 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.

Wind Chill Advisory

… 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
30 mph.

* Wind chills… winds chills will range between 5 degrees above
zero to 10 degrees below zero for a few hours this morning.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

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

Winter Storm Observations

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:


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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.

Winter Storm Warning

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.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

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