Forecasters say large parts of north Georgia could be coated with ice from an approaching winter storm. Freezing rain and sleet threaten a large part of the state, from Atlanta's northern suburbs to the mountains in the northwest and northeast.
Forecasters warn that an arctic air mass combined with moisture approaching Georgia could set the stage for freezing rain and sleet for much of the state. The National Weather Service projects that rain and sleet could develop late Thursday night into Friday morning.
State road crews are preparing for a long, cold night in north Georgia. Continued rain and falling temperatures will mean snow for areas north of Atlanta and Athens. Freezing temperatures will extend south to the Macon area. Forecasters and the state transportation department are warning drivers to watch out for black ice Thursday night and early Friday morning.