A winter storm has brought snow and sleet to north Georgia and forecasters say up to 6 inches could fall in some areas. The snow accumulation or rain precipitation depended on the zip code as these photos show.
Gov. Nathan Deal said in a release that the state of emergency spans 50 counties in north Georgia beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday. State offices will close at noon to avoid traffic jams during afternoon and evening snowfall.
National Weather Service forecasters in Peachtree City say light snow in north Georgia is expected to subside Wednesday night, but extremely low wind chills, flurries and ice are foreseen for the weekend.
The storm Georgians have been waiting for is here, and meteorologists say it will be even worse than expected. The Interstate 20 cor Gov. Nathan Deal is continuing to urge Georgians to stay off the roads Wednesday. Speaking at a noon press conference at the state Capitol, he said his main concern about the weather is that Georgians will think the winter storm moving through the state has peaked and will leave their homes.
During a briefing Monday afternoon, Gov. Deal expanded the state of emergency from 31 to 45 north Georgia counties as the state expects a two-part winter storm. “We are facing two different waves of bad weather. The first one will come in this evening. And it will be followed by a second wave that at this time appears to be more serious than the first,” said Deal. Deal says the state’s emergency operations center will be open at 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, and Tuesday will include a liberal leave policy for state employees.