Frigid storm moves into area brining ice, sleet, possible snow

January 28, 2014

A winter storm moved into Georgia overnight, bringing a good chance of icy precipitation to Troup County and other parts of the state.

At about 7: 30 a.m., sleet began falling in parts of LaGrange making roads icy.

A winter storm warning is in effect until 7 a.m. Wednesday for the middle third of the state, including the cities of LaGrange, Columbus, Americus, Cordele, Macon and Milledgeville.

A wintry mix was forecast for Troup County with accumulations of snow and sleet from 1 to 3 inches today into early Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing, resulting in snow- and ice-covered roads and a light coating of ice on sidewalks. In addition to slick roads, reduced visbility will make driving difficult, forecasters warned.

Troup County Schools are open for class today.

The storm is the result of a bitterly cold arctic air mass that plunged southward and hit moisture moving northward from the Gulf of Mexico. Storm warning and advisories have been issued for Texas, the Gulf Coast, Georgia, most of South Carolina, and parts of North Carolina, Virginia and other areas of the East Coast.

While the middle third of Georgia should see mostly snow, Savannah, other parts of southeast Georgia and Charleston, S.C., are bracing for ice storms, which could lead to falling limbs and trees, and significant power outages.

Meanwhile, the northern third of Georgia — north of a line from Franklin to Peachtree City to Lexington — is expecting only small amounts of snow.

Regardless of the precipitation type and amounts, very hazardous travel is likely across middle and south Georgia, as well as other parts of the South.

The mercury stood at 30 at 7 a.m. today at LaGrange-Callaway Airport and was expected to go no higher, then dropping to 16 tonight.

Temperatures in Troup County then slowly rise, with a high of 37 Wednesday and a low in the teens. Thursday’s high should be in the mid-40s and the low in the mid-20s. Skies will be partly cloudy both days.

Friday’s forecast is for a high in the mid-50s and a low in the mid-30s. By the weekend, the mercury is expected to reach the mid- to upper 50s, with a good chance of rain Sunday.

Normal extremes for this time of year in LaGrange are 56 and 32.