A winter storm is bearing down on Georgia, and Troup County could feel the effects.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from 7 p.m. today until 7 a.m. Thursday for the northern half of Georgia — from LaGrange to Perry to Dublin to Swainsboro.
Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday announced a state of emergency for 45 counties and this morning expanded the state of emergency to include 43 more counties, including Troup, bringing the total to 88.
The additional counties are: Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Burke, Butts, Clayton, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, Emanuel, Fayette, Glascock, Greene, Hancock, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Laurens, McDuffie, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Peach, Pike, Putnam, Richmond, Rockdale, Screven, Spalding, Taliaferro, Treutlen, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Warren, Washington and Wilkinson counties.
Rain began about midnight Monday in LaGrange and is expected to continue tonight, bringing a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch. The low tonight should remain slightly above freezing.
Wednesday’s outlook worsens, with temperatures holding steady in the 30s and rain or freezing rain in the morning, rain in the afternoon followed by a mix of rain, snow, freezing rain and sleet overnight. The mercury should drop to the upper 20s Wednesday night.
As the storm moves out Thursday, skies become partly cloudy with highs in the 50s and lows in the lower 30s through Saturday.
The wintry weather comes as cold air stalled behind a frontal boundary mixes with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, bringing heavy snow and the potential for dangerous ice accumulations from the lower Mississippi River Valley to the Carolinas.
The northern part of Georgia could see freezing rain and snow with accumulations of up to three-quarters of an inch of ice and 1.5 inches of snow. ice accumulations on roads should make travel impossible, and widespread power outages are possible as ice accumulates on trees and power lines, bringing them down.