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
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.