By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
The Winter Storm Watch issued for Friday was downgraded to a Freezing Rain Advisory by the National Weather Service, and though the threat of snow and sleet has passed, ice is still a significant danger for the morning commute.
The advisory predicts periods of freezing rain and drizzle for portions of Northwest GA from 6am to 1pm Friday. The effected counties include Bartow, Gordon, Polk and Floyd Counties, with the National Weather service expecting around a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation. Though that doesn’t seem like much, ice on any road way poses a considerable threat, especially on bridges and overpasses.
According to EMA Deputy Director Tim Herrington, first responders will be monitoring and driving the roads overnight and into the morning hours, but school and work closings are still up in the air at this point.
“Tomorrow mornings going to be our big issue,” Herrington said. “Weather changes every minute. We’re looking at this storm right now, and it may break up before it hits us. You never know with these mountains that surround Floyd County, anything can happen. I’ve seen storms that are approaching and as soon as they hit those mountains, they just disappear.”
“We may see something, how much we don’t know,” he continued. “I’m sure we’ll be getting something, but right now we’re not sure how much or what it’s going to be.”
The freezing rain is expected to turn into just rain after 1pm as temperatures inch up above freezing. However, weather does turn on a dime, so keep tuned to WRGA for the latest updates.