A wind chill advisory is now in effect for Floyd, Bartow, Gordon and Chattooga counties until 10 a.m. Saturday:
* WHAT…Very cold wind chills expected. Expect wind chills to range 5 above zero to 5 below zero.
* WHERE…Mainly along and north of a line from Rome to Dawsonville to Cleveland.
* WHEN…Until 10 AM EST Saturday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.
Slick roads possible tonight, early Saturday because of light wintry mix, black ice, freezing temperatures:
From the National Weather Service: On the back side of a strong storm system that will bring widespread showers to the area, much colder air will rush in during the late afternoon and evening hours. Over portions of North Georgia, just enough precipitation will hang on to allow for a brief transition to light sleet and snow showers along and north of a Rome to Blairsville line. Accumulations in this region will be light, averaging only a dusting to a half inch in the highest elevations.
Of more concern for all areas under this Special Weather Statement will be the residual wet roadways that may freeze into the overnight hours with the rapid temperature drop expected. Elevated winds will help to dry out some roadways but wind sheltered locations and normally prone elevated surfaces could experience black ice making for hazardous travel conditions late Friday evening through Saturday morning.
Tonight: A slight chance of rain showers before midnight, then a slight chance of flurries between midnight and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 19. North wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 39. North wind around 5 mph.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Calm wind.
M.L.King Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of light snow after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.