January 5, 2014

'Flash freeze' expected tonight

From Staff Reports
Associated Press

— No one should be on the roads tonight unless absolutely necessary, said Claude Craig, emergency management director for Whitfield County.

Rain is expected to move into North Georgia around 7 p.m., but temperatures are expected to drop quickly causing a “flash freeze,” he said. “All of a sudden it turns to ice, and then a little mix of snow and sleet, finishing off with snow. With temperatures not above freezing until Wednesday or Thursday, whatever is going to be out there frozen is going to stay there.

“Stay off the roads so we can keep them clear for our responding units,” Craig said. “It’s going to be slick. It’s going to be dangerous.”

Emergency workers will be in “activation level” beginning at 10 tonight, which means emergency workers and public works will be on standby ready to respond as needed. They will also be available to assist 911 with incoming calls.

County trucks have been equipped with plows, but Craig said if they brine the roads, the brine will wash away with the rain that’s moving through in front of the system.

 “When you get up in the morning, re-evaluate the situation and go from there,” Craig said.

Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing overnight. The high Monday is only expected to be around 24, and the low Monday night into Tuesday morning will be around 5. The high Tuesday is expected to be near 20.

The wind chill factors are going to be between 10 below zero to 25 below zero in higher elevations.