FROM THE 6:40 P.M. WEAHTER SERVICE BRIEFING
- Uncertainty in coverage and timing of freezing rain remains; however, confidence is high if freezing rain occurs, there will be high impacts.
- Moisture moves in early Monday morning (1-5 a.m.) in far Northwest Georgia, then progresses east toward metro Atlanta (5-8 a.m.) then further east through the morning.
- At this point, confidence is high that any/all wintry precipitation will be in the form of freezing rain/freezing drizzle.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY: Floyd, Polk, Chattooga, 1 until 11 a.m. Monday; Bartow and Gordon, 5 a.m.-noon:
The National Weather Service has expanded the weather advisory to much of Northwest Georgia as of 3 p.m. Sunday. Expected: Light freezing rain is expected. Total accumulation should be less than a tenth of an inch. The advisory now covers from 1 until 11 a.m., adding an extra hour at the end. Some areas to our east will come under the watch from 5 a.m. through noon.
The issue: “Difficult travel conditions.” The ice will result in difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Monday. Total ice accumulations of less than one tenth of an inch are expected. Also, there could be issues with trees and power lines.
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Outlook: “There is a chance of freezing rain and sleet across north Georgia early Monday morning as warm moist air overrides cold air near the ground. Forecasted ice accumulations are less than a tenth of an inch across northwest and parts of north central Georgia. The current advisory excludes the Atlanta metro and points eastward but should trends continue wetter with this system, we may need to expand this later this afternoon. Please use caution when driving over less traveled roads, bridges, and overpasses during this time.”
Floyd County Schools, 3 p.m. Sunday: “Floyd County Schools officials are currently keeping an eye on the weather and will be attending the 7 PM briefing with the US National Weather Service Peachtree City Georgia. Any decisions regarding making changes to tomorrow’s school schedule will be announced after this evening’s briefing.”
Rome City Schools, 3 p.m. Sunday: “Officials are currently keeping an eye on the weather forecast. The National Weather Service will issue a briefing at 7 p.m. Sunday and a decision will be made on whether school will be in session Monday, Jan. 8, after that briefing.”
Tonight: A chance of rain or freezing rain, mainly after 5am. Cloudy, with a low around 31. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Monday: A chance of rain or freezing rain before 9am, then rain. High near 42. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible.
Monday Night: A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly before 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59.