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.
Forecasters at the National Weather Service have issued a winter storm warning for 12 Georgia counties in the northwest and northern parts of the state. The winter storm warning will be in effect from 10 a.m. Thursday until 7 a.m. Friday. It includes the cities of Rome, Calhoun, Chatsworth, Dalton and Blairsville.
State Department of Transportation officials met the assembled media in Atlanta Wednesday to address its response and work during the crippling snow and ice storm that hit the state last week. DOT Commissioner Vance Smith said the agency as a whole "did a pretty good job" in treating and clearing interstates and roads during a multi-day stretch.
Forecasters say there’s still plenty of concern with this winter storm for overnight into tomorrow morning. While snowfall has tapered-off across much of north and middle Georgia, the worry is for freezing rain to cause problems.
Governor Sonny Perdue Sunday night issued a state of emergency as the front-end of a severe winter storm began to move into Georgia. Some parts of the state could see up to 6 inches of snow by the time the storm rolls through. Forecasters however, are concerned about the effects of freezing rain and sleet across north and middle Georgia.
Winter storm warnings in the South are causing flight cancellations and longer lines at grocery stores in the Atlanta area. Several inches of snow forecast to fall overnight are also affecting plans for the Inauguration of Georgia's new governor.