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The following is a report from the National Weather Service and is in effect until 1 p.m. Thursday:


Ice storm warning remains in effect until 1 p.m. Thursday…


* Locations ... along and either side of a line from Franklin to


Newnan and Peachtree City to Warrenton.


* Hazard types ... mainly freezing rain with some snow and sleet.


* Accumulations … southern sections of the Ice Storm Warning


will be on the edge of warning criteria with Warner Robins and


Macon seeing anywhere from a tenth to a quarter inch of ice.


Further north however… more crippling effects are likely with


a half to possibly as high as an inch of ice from this storm.


* Timing … snow… sleet and freezing rain will begin late


tonight… generally after midnight and continue into


Wednesday. This will gradually changeover to all freezing rain


Wednesday into Wednesday night. The activity should end as


light snow late Wednesday night into Thursday morning.


* Impacts … these high ice accumulation amounts will make travel


impossible. This has the potential to be a catastrophic event.


Widespread and extended power outages are likely as ice


accumulates on trees and powerlines and brings them down.


Please prepare to be without power in some locations for days


and perhaps as long as a week. Once the ice begins to melt on


Thursday and Friday… falling ice from bridges and overpasses


will create an additional hazard.


* Winds … northeast 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. These


wind speeds in conjunction with the ice will exacerbate the


potential for falling trees.


* Temperatures … in the lower 30s and dropping into the upper


20s.


Precautionary/preparedness actions…


A Winter Storm Warning for ice means severe winter weather


conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts ice are


forecast that will make travel dangerous and impossible in most


cases. 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 ice amounts… widespread power


outages are possible especially in the Wednesday to Wednesday


night time period.


A layer of ice… combined with windy conditions… is expected to


break tree limbs and power lines. Stay indoors and away from


these hazards… and prepare for power outages by having


flashlights and emergency supplies ready.

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