Multiple closures announced

Forecasts changing: Senoia may get 1 to 3 inches, Newnan much less

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Wednesday brought freezing rain, sleet, some slippery roads, and widespread power outages to Coweta. There were multiple reports of falling trees and limbs and the top of a pine tree crashed through a Moreland area home late Wednesday morning.

But things are set to get worse overnight. Forecasts have changed considerably during the day, and vary greatly across Coweta.

At 6 p.m., the National Weather Service was forecasting that the Senoia area could get between one and three inches of snow and sleet overnight.

But just west of Newnan, the forecast was for “snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch,” according to the National Weather Service at 6 p.m.

The Weather Channel was forecasting snow accumulation of “less than an inch.”

Multiple Thursday closures have been announced. Coweta County schools and The Heritage School will be closed Thursday, as will the Coweta Public Library System, Coweta Transit, and GRTA Xpress. Coweta County offices will be closed, and so will the Ashley Park shopping center.

The University of West Georgia campuses in Coweta and Carroll will be closed Thursday, as will West Georgia Technical College. 

Newnan City Hall is set to open at noon. Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips said he expects that, once the sun comes out, road conditions will improve. Newnan officials will continue to monitor weather conditions closely to determine if city hall will still open. 

The ice storm warning remains in effect until 1 p.m. Thursday.

A wintery mix of sleet and freezing rain was forecast for most of the evening, with the precipitation transitioning to snow.

There’s a slight chance of snow Thursday morning, before 8 a.m.

Thursday’s forecast is for mostly sunny skies, with a high near 44 and winds of 10 to 15 mph.

Any snow, ice, or water left on the roads Thursday night will refreeze, with a forecast low of 30.

Wintery precipitation might return Friday night — there is a 30 percent chance of rain and snow with a low of 30, the Senoia area, but not in Newnan.

Other cancelations include the Thursday meeting of the Senoia Historical Society. 

The Senoia Area Historical Society has cancelled its meeting for Thursday evening. Author Victoria Wilcox, an expert on Doc Holliday, “will be rescheduled on a future date,” said Gail Noble, the group’s secretary. A trip by the Young at Heart Club at Providence Baptist Church has also been cancelled. 

Kelly Hines of Piedmont Newnan Hospital said “the inclement weather's effects on preparations for this Saturday's Healthy Heart Fair and its potential impact on attendance” led to a decision to postpone it. The hospital is “currently in the process of looking at future dates to reschedule it,” Hines said. She said those who have registered will be notified. 

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