By Christopher Smith
Those traveling today and Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday should be on the lookout for wet roads, said Claude Craig, director of Whitfield County Emergency Management.
The National Weather Service is projecting a 100 percent chance of rain today with up to two to three inches possible. Whitfield and Murray counties are under a flood watch through Wednesday morning and could see a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow on Wednesday between 4 and 10 a.m., according to an advisory.
The advisory states areas above 1,500 feet — including parts of Rocky Face in Whitfield County and Fort Mountain in Murray County — will be affected more than the rest of northwest Georgia and could see half an inch of snow today or Wednesday.
Craig said most people in the area don’t need to worry about icy roads when traveling this week.
“I don’t think we will have a big issue (with sleet or snow),” he said. “Unless it changes, we are looking more at flooding and flash flooding issues over winter problems. Now, we can’t ever rule out winter problems though.”
Craig said the biggest concern for anyone traveling this week is making sure they stay warm. The forecast expects temperatures to hover around the low 40s or high 30s, and today and tonight could bring wind gusts up to 35 mph.
“The wind chills are going to be terrible,” Craig said. “With the Thanksgiving holidays and everything, folks should just check their local forecasts before holiday travels. Just monitor the situation and stay on top of it.”