Troup County escaped the wintry weather that hit the other areas of the state before dawn today, but the coldest temperature of the season is likely tonight.
A cold front moved through the Southeast this morning, mainly along a line from Glenn to Atlanta to Gainesville, bringing up to an inch of snow in the higher elevations of north Georgia. Patchy black ice also was possible, and a wind advisory was in effect for north and central Georgia.
Before dawn, the National Weather Service reported temperatures of 26 degrees in Rome, 27 in Dalton and 28 in Cartersville.
The Georgia Department of Transportation said its crews were prepared to respond to reports of black ice in north Georgia. Few problems were reported early today on metro Atlanta roads.
Locally, GDOT said there had been no reports of ice on state roads in Troup County.
“We've got scouts out monitoring the roads,” said Kimberly Larson of the Georgia Department of Transportation. “So far there have been no reports of ice, but we have salt and gravel ready.”
Larson also offered advice for those in the motoring community that may encounter ice on the roads.
“Drive slower than usual and allow yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go,” Larson said. “If they encounter any of our DOT vehicles, they need to stay at least 200 feet away from them.”
LaGrange Public Services Director David Brown said a few isolated icy patches had been reported this morning on roads in LaGrange. There will be public service personnel on 24-hour standby for any emergency, he said.
The freezing temperatures could cause pipes to burst, and if anyone sees a water main break or any other city malfunction while driving, they were asked to call the LaGrange utilities emergency department at 706-883-2130.
LaGrange residential trash and garbage pick up also is delayed one day for the remainder of the week, city officials said this morning. Tuesday's pickup will be Wednesday, Wednesday's pickup will be Thursday and Thursday's pickup will be Friday.
The Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory from midday today to 1 p.m. Tuesday for Troup County and other parts of central Georgia. The very cold air and strong winds can make it feel as low as 7 degrees below zero. The result could be frostbite, which can lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Residents were cautioned to bundle up when venturing outdoors.
In LaGrange, the temperature was 28 at 7 a.m. today and wasn't expected to rise. Winds of 20 mph made it feel like 17.
A record-breaking low is possible tonight as the mercury is forecast to plunge to 12 with winds of 10 to 20 mph. Tuesday's outlook is for a high of 28, a low of 18 and winds of 5 to 10 mph during the day, diminishing at night.
Temperatures then begin to rise, with highs in the mid-40s Wednesday and Thursday, low 50s Friday and lower 60s Saturday. Skies should be clear until Thursday, when mostly cloudy skies are forecast. There's a good chance of rain for the weekend.
Normal extremes for this time of year are 54 and 32.