January 2, 2014

Freeze could make roads dangerous this morning

Charles Oliver

— Motorists should beware of black ice and other hazardous conditions this morning, according to local emergency management officials.

The National Weather Service predicted rain and a slight chance of snow Thursday night and early Friday morning for Northwest Georgia. Temperatures are expected to be well below freezing.

“It’s going to be really cold (this morning), and any moisture we have left over is going to be frozen,” said Claude Craig, Whitfield County emergency management director. “People need to be on the lookout for any black ice.”

Craig said his office and public works crews are monitoring the situation.

“It isn’t going to be an ice storm. It’s just going to be below freezing, so any rain or sleet that’s left on the highway will freeze,” he said.

The National Weather Service predicts the high today will reach 32 degrees, but it also predicts sunshine and wind which should help reduce any ice by late morning or early afternoon.