Two weeks ago we received a taste of bitterly cold winter weather that froze pipes and people alike, but produced no precipitation. Today and tomorrow, we can expect both below freezing temperatures and the possibility of 1 to 3 inches of freezing rain and sleet in the middle Georgia area, including Upson County.
According to the National Weather Service, a blast of winter weather is forecast for north and central Georgia. Snow is likely further north, while sleet and freezing rain are possible across central Georgia. The potential exists for substantial impacts from this storm system.
A Winter Storm Watch will remain in effect from Tuesday morning through Wednesday afternoon for portions of central Georgia, including Upson County, for a wintry mix of snow and sleet. Accumulations of 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet are forecast. A 50 to 60 percent chance of freezing rain and sleet are expected to begin as early as Tuesday morning and there is a 70 percent change of it turning into snow late Tuesday into early Wednesday. The heaviest precipitation is expected Tuesday night.
The forecast Monday showed highs of 41 on Tuesday and 39 on Wednesday. While those temperatures could melt and dry roads during the day, the danger will come Tuesday night into Wednesday morning when the temperature is expected to drop below freezing to 25 degrees, freezing any snow or sleet on the roadways and power lines. The same hazard could occur Wednesday night into Thursday morning, when temperatures are expected to fall to 19 degrees, before warming up to 46 on Thursday.
Now is the time to prepare for this winter storm. Be sure to stock up several days worth of on non-perishable foods. Make contingency plans if you plan on traveling during this period. If you can change your travel, do so before the event starts. Now is the time to plan; do not wait for the warning!
For the latest news on the approaching wintry weather, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page, the Facebook page of Upson Emergency Management Agency, and WTGA, Fun 101.1 FM. Upson EMA will also issue warnings over the Everbridge emergency phone system when needed.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.