#WEATHER #ALERT UPDATE: #WINTER STORM HEADED FOR #ATLANTA & NORTH #GA #gawx


WINTERSTORMWATCH_ATLANTA_1_16_13

(CHANNEL 1 ATLANTA) ATLANTA GA
[UPDATED: WEDNESDAY JANUARY 16TH 2013 @ 8: 15 PM ET]

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City GA has issued a WINTER STORM WATCH that is in effect from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning. The watch includes all of north Georgia and Atlanta area from i-20 to I-85 northwest.

Accumulations of 1 inch or less is possible in the watch area around Atlanta, with 2-4 inches of snow accumulation possible in the north Georgia mountains.

[IMPACTS]

Little if any impacts on travel will be seen across north Georgia except maybe far NW GA early thursday morning. However, as we move into Thursday afternoon some bridges and overpasses as well as mountain passes maybe become slick late day in extream north ga mountains.

The biggest impacts on travel will be Friday morning all across north georgia including some areas around north Atlanta when temps will get down to either at or below freezing. Black Ice will be the main threat across the area Friday morning. Drivers should use extream caution. A Winter Storm WARNING will likely be issued later tonight or Thursday morning for northern Georgia. Stay tuned.

[TIMING]

The best chance to see Severe Winter Weather in the mountains will be from 10am Thursday into 10am Friday. In the Atlanta metro area, 1 in of snow acc and black ice may cause dangerous driving conditions from 12 am et Friday into 10am et Friday. Use extra caution while driving, esp north of ATlanta Friday morning.

[COVERAGE] We will have Live Coverage on Twitter all day Thursday and Friday on this weather event @channel1atlanta & stormwchamerica. We will also be bringing you Live video from local media, storm chasers and much more! Stay tuned for further updates on this developing weather situation. Have your winter weather action kit ready in the event a warning is issued.

This will not be a MAJOR Winter Storm as seen in other areas of the country, but it will be enough to close a few things down and possibly some schools across north ga on Friday.

By the way, A rain and snow mix may also be seen as far south as LaGrange, Columbus and Macon, but little or no snow acc is expected at this time. It will also be much colder, windy and dryer by Friday all across the area.

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