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Winter Storm Warning: Expect Power Outages, Dangerous Road Conditions in Georgia

Light accumulations of snow today, but storm could be 'historical, unprecendented' in many places afterward.

Winter Storm Warning through Thursday, Feb. 13
Winter Storm Warning through Thursday, Feb. 13

Snow is falling in places in north Georgia this morning, especially to the north of Atlanta.

Snow was covering the ground in places like Cartersville, Canton and Cumming by 9 a.m.

But this is only the first wave. The second go-round could be far more significant.

WSB-TV meteorologist David Chandley said the second wave could be “historical, unprecedented,” with ice and snow through Thursday morning, Feb. 13.

In a weather statement at 9 a.m., The National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Ga., said a Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 1 p.m. Thursday for an area north of a line from Carrollton to Atlanta to Washington. This area impacts all Patch communities in Georgia.

Winter precipitation will give way to mostly rain as Wednesday progresses, but will turn much more serious overnight. The forecast says up to 7 inches of snow will fall in far northeast Georgia and  up to three-quarters of an inch of ice in areas east of Atlanta. The NWS says power outages could be significant.

In Atlanta, accumulations are expected to be 2 to 4 inches of snow and up to a quarter inch of ice.

Here’s the latest NWS statement:

WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THURSDAY... 

* LOCATIONS...ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE FROM CARROLLTON TO   ATLANTA TO WASHINGTON.

* HAZARD TYPES...A WINTRY MIX OF SNOW...SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS...WILL RANGE TODAY FROM LITTLE TO NONE ACROSS MOST   OF THE ATLANTA METRO DUE TO SURFACE TEMPS ABOVE FREEZING. ACROSS   NORTH FULTON...EXPECT LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLY TOTALING A   HALF AN INCH. MORE SUBSTANTIAL ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE REALIZED   FROM ROME TO NORTH OF ATHENS WHERE UP TO TWO INCHES WILL FALL   THROUGH THIS EVENING WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ACROSS NORTH   FLOYD. FOR TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT...AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO   4 INCHES OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE IN ADDITION TO A QUARTER TO A HALF   INCH OF ICE ACCUMULATION. THE HIGHER ICE AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED TO   BE ACROSS THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE AREA IN THE WEDNESDAY TO   WEDNESDAY NIGHT TIME FRAME.

* TIMING...SNOW AND SLEET THIS MORNING ALONG AND NORTH OF THE ROME   TO ATHENS LINE WILL TRANSITION INTO MOSTLY RAIN THIS AFTERNOON   AND THEN BACK TO A SNOW/SLEET/FREEZING RAIN OVERNIGHT AND THEN   BECOME PREDOMINATELY A SNOW/FREEZING RAIN MIX WEDNESDAY AND THEN   TRANSITION TO SNOW WEDNESDAY NIGHT. FOR THE METRO AND   SURROUNDING LOCATIONS A MIX OF RAIN...SLEET AND SNOW TODAY. AS   TEMPERATURES COOL TONIGHT...ACCUMULATING SNOW AND ICE WILL BE   MORE LIKELY AS A MIX OF SNOW...SLEET...FREEZING RAIN AND RAIN CONTINUES.   BY WEDNESDAY MORNING...THIS WILL TRANSITION TO FREEZING RAIN AND   THEN TO MAINLY SNOW WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

* IMPACTS...SNOW WILL ACCUMULATE ON ROADS MAKING FOR HAZARDOUS   DRIVING CONDITIONS TODAY ACROSS THE NORTHERN SECTIONS AND   TONIGHT FOR ALL AREAS. AS THE MORE SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL AND ICE   ACCUMULATION OCCURS WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT...TRAVEL WILL   BE DANGEROUS GIVEN THE HIGH SNOW AMOUNTS COMBINED WITH THE ICE.   WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE WITH THE HIGHER ICE   ACCUMULATION.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE MID 30S TODAY...LOWER 30S TONIGHT AND   WEDNESDAY AND UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S WEDNESDAY NIGHT.  PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... 

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND ICE MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS SNOW AND ICE 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. WITH THE FORECAST SNOW AND ICE AMOUNTS...WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE.

Scott Bernarde February 11, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Tracy, 'historical, unprecedented' was a quote from a TV weatherman who was on the air when I moved to Atlanta in 1988. Not sure if this will be as bad as, say, the Blizzard of 1993, but forecasts say it will be a a bad one.
Chris P. February 11, 2014 at 11:42 AM
I think what we are seeing so far is a case of overcompensation by the media and the local governments. Probably a good thing but in point of fact the temperature is above freezing and not forecast to drop until later this evening. The latest forecast from weather.com shows only 12-15 hours of temps below freezing beginning after midnight. That would make for treacherous conditions possibly on the roads, but nothing historical or unprecedented. Just a garden variety ice storm.
Ivory Dorsey, Speaker, Facilitator, and Author February 11, 2014 at 12:35 PM
STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED BY THE PRESIDENT IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA...It’s no longer two events. It’s one long winter event” that will have “crippling” ice that will build up on the roads and power lines....the President declared an emergency in the State of Georgia and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts. Initially, the weather service had warned of two storms coming through Georgia this week. But Darbe said, “it’s no longer two events. It’s one long winter event” that will have “crippling” ice that will build up on the roads and power lines. Virtually the entire state will be hit but the worst areas will be Atlanta and east to Athens and Augusta. SOURCE: http://www.ajc.com/
electric123 February 11, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Well I am an electrician if you need electrical problems from broken tree limbs on meter call me @ 404-587-2792

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