How ice is affecting Coweta County
by Wes Mayer
By 6 p.m. Wednesday, Coweta County has been covered with about a tenth of an inch of ice, according to Jay Jones, director of Coweta County Emergency Management.
“Road conditions will continue to be a problem into tomorrow and possibly into Friday morning,” Jones said. “Commissioner Blackburn has requested more rock salt to help with roadways and additional power crews to help with power outages.”
Jones said the roads are getting worse by the hour, but fortunately there have only been 25 minor traffic accidents throughout Coweta County. So far, the precipitation has mostly been sleet, and most residents have heeded the warning to stay off the roads, Jones said.
“The roads are bad and will be much worse tonight and tomorrow morning,” said Senoia Police Chief Jason Edens. “The main issue we have had has been falling trees.”
Edens said there have been no accidents within the Senoia city limits by Wednesday evening.
According to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, the county is expecting a 100 percent chance of wintry precipitation overnight into Thursday morning. The total possible nighttime accumulation of ice is around a tenth of an inch, and there may be one to two inches of snow and sleet accumulation. The low is estimated to be 29 degrees.
On Thursday, there is a 20 percent chance of snow before 8 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. The high Thursday is 44 degrees, but steady winds of 10 to 15 mph are expected with gusts of up to 20 mph. The low Thursday night is 31 degrees.
According to the National Weather Service, there is about a 20 percent chance of rain in Coweta County starting after 1 p.m. and the chances will increase to 30 percent Friday night. The high is expected to be around 54 degrees with a low of 30.
For Wednesday and Thursday, Jones said the county can expect more ice, sleet and snow.