By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Winter Storm Helen passed over Texas and much of the Midwest Tuesday, dumping rain, sleet and snow in its wake. And, on Thursday, it’s expected to turn its sights on Northwest Georgia.
The Weather Channel is predicting a mix of rain and snow to douse Floyd County Thursday afternoon. There’s also a chance of accumulation, with wet snow expected to collect on grassy surfaces. EMA Deputy Director Tim Harrington doesn’t predict any problems to arise in the day, however the threat of ice does loom in the nighttime hours as temperatures drop below freezing.
“We shouldn’t have any issues until the sun goes down. And, at that point, the temperatures will start dropping. We may see some light accumulation. Temperatures will probably go down to around 30 degrees or so, and with that there’s a moderate chance for potential black ice,” Harrington said. “I’ve talked with our Public Works Director, and we feel confident there shouldn’t be any issues, but we’ll have people out there monitoring the roads just to make sure. And, if something does happen, then at that point we will take action and address the situation as needed.”
Black Ice tends to form on bridges and overpasses or on shady stretches of road. Motorists are urged to drive slower in these wintery conditions
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