Saturday, April 19, 2014

Winter storm watch now in effect from Tuesday evening through thursday morning



Locations, north and much of central Georgia, along and north of a line from hamilton, to warner robins, to louisville.
Hazard types, a mix of freezing rain and sleet with freezing rain being the predominant precipitation type.
Accumulations, a quarter to possibly a half inch of ice, with a trace of snow.
Timing, beginning Tuesday evening across north Georgia and then spreading into central Georgia after midnight Tuesday night. Freezing rain will continue through the day on Wednesday, occasionally changing over to rain before ending as a period of light snow early Thursday morning.
Impacts, ice that accumulates on roads, bridges and overpasses will make travel treacherous or impossible. Ice that accumulates on trees and powerlines could bring down large tree limbs and cause power outages.
Winds, northeast 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Temperatures, in the lower to mid 30s.
Uncertainty, there is still some uncertainty in the forecast for Wednesday into Thursday but confidence is increasing in the potential for a significant winter storm. Folks across north and central Georgia should monitor this situation closely in the event that the watch is upgraded to an advisory or warning.
Precautionary/preparedness actions,
A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts. Now is the time to prepare for this winter storm. Be sure to buy non-perishable foods. Make contingency plans if you plan on traveling during this period. If you can change your travel plans, do so before the event starts. Now is the time to plan. Do not wait for the warning!


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