Gov. Kemp declares state of emergency ahead of winter storm

ATLANTA — A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for much of the north Georgia and several extreme northeast counties are now under a Winter Storm Warning as a winter weather approaches the state.

The watch has been issued for: Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Chattooga, Gordon, Cherokee, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Hall, Banks, Jackson and Madison counties. The watch goes in to effect late Saturday night through late Sunday night.

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Rabun and Habersham counties starting at 6 p.m. Saturday through 8 a.m. Monday.

Gov. Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency ahead of the system. The order covers Georgia counties north of I-20 and makes resources available for preparation and recovery. In addition, it makes up to 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops ready to respond.

We’re going over the hour-by-hour forecast and how much winter precipitation you could expect, RIGHT NOW on Channel 2 Action News.

Much of North Georgia, and parts of the Atlanta metro, could see 2-5 inches of snow. Some extreme Northeast Georgia counties could see 6-10 inches of snow.

Ice could also be issue for the counties under the watch area. Parts of those counties could see up to 1/4 inch of ice as well.

Severe Weather Team 2 has been telling you all week about the threat of winter weather. Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns says the farther north you live along GA-400 & I-85, the more significant your impacts will be.

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Here is what to know about this weekend’s winter weather system.

  • Widespread 2-5″ snowfall totals are possible from the northeast metro and into the mountains; there will also likely be some ice as well.
  • In town, an inch or so of snow is possible with higher amounts in the near northern suburbs.
  • Southside will mainly see rain though it could end as a period of winter mix late Sunday
  • Think about your plans and how to prepare!

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