Winter Storm Update

Via the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office:

Here’s what we know and expect at this time:

Governor Deal has issued a State of Emergency declaration for much of North Georgia including Paulding County in anticipation of this winter storm.
Georgia Power and local EMC’s have personnel monitoring and staffing the State Operations Center.
Paulding County has been upgraded to a Winter Weather Advisory for 7PM tonight thru Tues 7PM.
Polk, Floyd and Bartow County has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning effective 7PM tonight thru Tues 7PM.
Note that the Advisory and Warning will likely be extended until Thursday morning.
A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect currently through 7AM Thursday.

Forecast Summary:

  • Tonight Rain and sleet likely before 4am, then sleet, possibly mixed with snow. Low around 31. Northwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
  • Tuesday Snow and sleet before 7am, then snow between 7am and noon, then rain and snow after noon. High near 37. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of around an inch possible.
  • Tuesday Night Rain, snow, and sleet likely before 11pm, then rain and sleet. Low around 32. Light northeast wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
  • Wednesday Freezing rain. High near 34. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
  • Wednesday Night Snow and sleet, becoming all snow after 11pm. Low around 29. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
  • Thursday A 10 percent chance of snow before 7am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.
  • Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS:
#1 There are still differences between forecast models and changes are likely
#2 DO NOT focus on predicted snowfall amounts as these are expected to change
#3 ABOVE ALL ELSE — if you do not receive significant impacts or snowfall from this event tonight and in the morning, DO NOT let your guard down for later in the day Tuesday through Thursday morning. NWS confidence is high for this winter weather event. This is forecasted as a significant storm.

Potential Impacts include – extremely hazardous driving conditions due to ice and snow covered roadways and the potential for power outages to occur due to ice accumulations and gusty winds bringing down trees and power lines.

Pay close attention to later statements, monitor local media outlets and/or NOAA Weather Radio.

Instructions:

Monitor local media and/or NOAA Weather Radio for further statements and warnings regarding this winter weather event.

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