Snow? Ice? Rain? Or maybe a combination of all three?
As Georgia braces for another round of winter weather, forecasters have their hands full trying to predict where the constantly changing storm will hit and what it will bring.
With memories of thousands of vehicles gridlocked for hours on icy metro Atlanta highways fresh in their minds, emergency officials and elected leaders in north Georgia are preparing for another round of winter weather, with the governor declaring a state of emergency.
Gov. Nathan Deal, who was criticized for his response to the Jan. 28 storm that paralyzed the metro area and left motorists stranded in vehicles overnight, says on Twitter that he’s declared a weather-related state of emergency for 14 counties. As of 10 a.m. today, it is not know if Troup County is among those counties. He says he’ll expand the declaration as necessary.
In a news release Sunday he said he had put emergency response agencies on alert and begun significant preparations.
Deal has scheduled a news conference for noon Monday to further discuss winter storm preparations.
A winter storm watch is in effect for the northern half of the state — north of a line from Hamilton to Warner Robins to Louisville — with a mix of freezing rain and sleet expected Tuesday evening and Wednesday, occasionally changing over to rain before ending as light snow early Thursday morning.
Ice on roads, bridges and overpasses will make travel treacherous or impossible, while accumulations on trees and power lines could bring down tree limbs and cause power outages.
The National Weather Service said there is still some uncertainty in the forecast for Wednesday into Thursday but confidence is increasing in the potential for a significant winter storm.
The latest forecast for Troup County calls for mostly rain, sleet and freezing rain, but the Weather Service warned that the outlook could change quickly.
Rain is expected to move into Troup County after midnight tonight and continue Tuesday, when the high should be in the lower 40s and the low in the lower 30s.
Wednesday’s outlook is for a high of 37 with rain before 5 p.m., then a mix of rain and sleet, with a slight chance of rain and snow overnight.
The storm moves out by Thursday, which should see mostly sunny skies and a high in the upper 40s. Friday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 57.