Winter storm
Feb 11, 2014 | 1049 views | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather storm warning and watch for the next few days and Murray County is included.

According to the NWS:

Winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect From 7 Pm Monday Evening To 7 Pm Est Tuesday......Winter Storm Watch Remains In Effect From Tuesday Evening Through Thursday Morning...

* Locations...Portions Of North Georgia...Mainly Along And Northeast Of A Line From Chatsworth To Canton To Danielsville.

* Hazard Types...Mainly Snow With Some Sleet.

* Accumulations...Up To 2 Inches Of Snow.

* Timing...Rain Tonight Will Change Over To Snow By Sunrise Tuesday Morning...Occasionally Mixing With Sleet During The Day. Mainly Snow Can Be Expected From Tuesday Night Through Thursday Morning.

* Impacts...Snow Will Accumulate On Roads Making For Hazardous

Driving Conditions Monday Night And Tuesday.

* Winds...Northeast 5 To 15 Mph With Gusts Up To 25 Mph.

* Temperatures...In The Low To Mid 30s.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions...

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe Winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of mainly snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel...keep an extra flashlight...food... and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow...sleet...or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Following the Winter Storm Warning, Gov. Nathan Deal this morning declared a state of emergency for 14 North Georgia counties: Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Cherokee, Forsyth, Hall, Banks and Jackson counties.

Deal will expand the order to additional counties as conditions warrant. He’ll provide additional information at his noon news conference in the governor’s office, following his briefing with the Operations Committee. News releases on additional actions will follow later today. For the most up-to-date announcements, please follow the governor on Twitter, @GovernorDeal.

Locally, Murray County Schools will be closed on Tuesday due to the predicted inclement weather. Other closings are expected so monitor news media or make calls before venturing out.

Authorities are advising motorists to stay off roadways in the event of the winter weather.

North Georgia Electric has also issued weather safety tips:

With a multi-day winter storm event forecasted across North Georgia EMC’s service area, NGEMC staff encourages residents to be ready for the possibility of power outages and poor road conditions.

“During winter storms, ice may accumulate on power lines and trees. The weight of the ice can cause limbs, trees, and lines to fall, resulting in widespread outages. Crews are on standby,” said Jeff Brown, vice-president of operations and engineering for NGEMC. “Outages may be extended, depending on the amount of damage and the conditions of the roads. If outages occur, crews will remain on duty until all power has been restored.”

Precautionary measures for power outages can be found at www.ngemc.com: click on Storm Center.

If you use a supplemental heat source or power supply, follow all safety precautions. Generators should have a working power transfer (double-pole or double-throw) switch to isolate the power source from NGEMC’s distribution system. This safety switch is vital for the protection of line workers and the public.

Never assume a downed power line is not energized: stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately to NGEMC, your local power company or call 911.

To report outages, call your local NGEMC office or use the NGEMC mobile app. During widespread outages, hold times may be affected due to extremely high call volume.

North Georgia EMC provides electricity in Catoosa, Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Walker, and Whitfield counties.