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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


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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