What weather is looking like for Coweta County with ice and snow
by Wes Mayer
The National Weather Service updated their weather advisories for Georgia Tuesday morning, and Coweta County is now included in a warning region.
Because of different possible weather conditions, the National Weather Service has divided Georgia into four regions — Winter Storm Warning 1, 2 and 3 and a Freezing Rain Advisory region. According to the Winter Weather Product Summary sent out by the National Weather Service, Coweta County is part of Winter Storm Warning 3.
According to the weather service, the counties in Winter Storm Warning 3 — counties south of Atlanta through the middle of Georgia including Macon — were upgraded from a Winter Storm Watch region Tuesday morning. The warning denotes catastrophic ice accumulation in the region, with the highest amounts in the eastern part of Georgia. The primary threat is ice from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Thursday, but there could be some snow mixed in to the northern part of the region, which means Coweta County.
According to Jay Jones, director of Coweta County Emergency Management, there may be steady winds around 10 to 20 mph in Coweta County on Wednesday with temperatures hovering around freezing all day. Jones said the wind may help dry things out, but could affect trees and power lines. There is also a possibility of a fourth to half an inch of ice Wednesday morning.
Coweta County is just south of the Winter Storm Warning 2 region, according to the National Weather Service. The region, which includes Rome, Atlanta and Gainesville, is expected to receive complicated weather and the warning area has been expanded to counties previously in an advisory region. The counties in the southern part of the region may only see rain Tuesday but the region is expecting to receive a mixture of ice and snow from 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Thursday. Catastrophic ice accumulation may also occur in the southern and eastern parts on the region.
For north Georgia, north of Rome, the National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Warning 1 — meaning heavy snow from Tuesday morning to 7 a.m. Thursday. According to the weather service, this region may see one to two inches of snow today, five to seven inches tomorrow with even nine inches of snow in the northeast. Wednesday should see the greatest threat of hazards in the region.
For south Georgia, including Columbus and south of Macon, the National Weather Service has issued a freezing rain advisory. A light glaze of ice may cover the roadways in this region between 7 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Thursday.
Jones said Wednesday into Thursday morning will not be the time for Cowetans to be outside, and road conditions could change very rapidly.
“We are advising everyone to stay home and enjoy some family time,” Jones said. “If you must go out, be prepared for delays in your direction of travel, and let someone know when and where you go.”
As alway, Jones suggests everyone should visit www.ready.ga.gov for information on how to be prepare for possible emergency situations.