ATLANTA, Ga. - With temperatures predicted to drop into the teens and severe winter weather looming, residents should take precautionary measures, both inside their homes, and out onto the roads, officials said Sunday.
Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said temperatures have reached the high 20s in Atlanta. Freezing temperatures reached parts of north Georgia by 4 a.m. Monday.
Residents will start to see a change in the western counties, where temperatures have fallen into the 20s. A wind chill advisory has been issued for 11 a.m. Monday through 1 p.m. Tuesday for the metro area. Temperatures will dip to the 20s.
A winter weather advisory is in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday to noon Monday for parts of northwest Georgia. Up to 1 inch of snow and black ice is also likely for the area. GDOT road crews responded to reports of sleet and snow in Dade, Walker, Whitfield, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens and Floyd counties. Severe Weather Team 2 said "possible icing, brutal cold and wind" are the most important changes to focus on Monday.
GDOT said the following roads have been treated for isolated icy conditions:
- Interstate Highway 59 in Dade County
- State Routes 2 and 225 in Murray County
- State Routes 1, 2, 95, 136, 151, 157, and 193 in Walker County
- State Routes 2 and 71 in Whitfield County
- State Routes 5/515 and 60 in Fannin County
- State Routes 2 and 282 in Gilmer County
- State Routes 136 and 515 in Pickens County
- State Routes 1 and 156 in Floyd County
The city of Atlanta said Sunday its well prepared for inclement conditions.
"Public Works crews will report at midnight tonight to implement the city’s Level II Storm Response Plan which entails pre-treatment of priority bridges and overpasses and as needed, main arterial roads for hospitals, recreations centers and police stations," according to a statement from the city of Atlanta.
Officials leave drivers with the following tips:
• Plan ahead and allow extra time to reach destinations.
• Make sure you have the proper emergency equipment in your car and home such as extra batteries for cell phones and chains for vehicle tires.
• When driving in icy road conditions, the shortest route is not always the safest. Consider less hilly routes in route planning.
• Slow down! Remember the faster you are going the longer it takes to stop.
Temperatures will hang in the 20s before they dive to about 8 degrees Tuesday, the coldest metro Atlanta has seen in about 10 years according to Severe Weather Team 2.
Stay updated on the changing winter weather by watching Channel 2 Action News. Meteorologist Karen Minton will work to pinpoint the arrival of any wintry precipitation.
You can also track conditions in your area with the free Severe Weather Team 2 iPhone/Android app and the free Severe Weather Team 2 iPad app.