KEMP PRESS CONFERENCE

Gov. Brian Kemp speaks at a Friday press conference, providing a weather update. 

GRIFFIN — The chance for Griffin-Spalding County to see snow this weekend is minimum, said Dylan Lusk, meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Peachtree City office.

He said the chance for winter precipitation for areas south of metro Atlanta is smaller compared to other counties.

The anticipated winter weather is dependent on whether or not temperatures drop below freezing at the surface level, as well as how far west the cold air travels.

Forecasters expect a low-pressure system to move into the region with a lot of moisture late Saturday and into Sunday.

Lusk said the weather could possibly start out as a cold rain, transition into a rain/snow mix during the evening, and then, become all snow that would only briefly last and wouldn’t impact the roadways. Again, he emphasized the probability for this event is miniscule.

Temperatures are expected to go below freezing Sunday night.

If temps do drop with the cold air, by chance, the impact could be a lot more significant with freezing rain and snow, he said.

The system should be moving out of the area by Sunday night, Lusk said, with cool temperatures getting above freezing.

Gov. Brian Kemp held a press conference Friday afternoon detailing the state’s plan for dangerous winter weather.

With people driving back into town from the Georgia Bulldogs celebration this weekend, Kemp urged travelers to take precaution.

The governor said he “hopes the storm under-delivers” but noted the state is ready with the necessary resources.

Col. Chris Wright, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, said people should ensure their cars are well-prepared if they must drive though he asked people stay off of the road.

Russell McMurry, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation, said the department is “preparing for the worst.”

He said this storm calls for an “all hands on deck response.”

A statement from GDOT said resources were gathered from across the northern, western and southern parts of Georgia.

GDOT will have crews from its west central district working routes in Clayton and South Fulton counties, the statement read.

“We are monitoring the storm closely and adjusting response plans as needed. As the forecast has evolved, it has become more likely that a significant area of Georgia will experience icy conditions as part of the incoming storm system. Ice adds a level of complexity, as well as increased danger, for our crews and motorists,” McMurry said in the statement.

“We anticipate downed trees, limbs and powerlines. It is critical that motorists take this storm system very seriously and stay off the roads through the end of the event to give our crews the space needed to work.”

If people must travel, AAA suggests people do so with slow speeds and a full tank of gas.

Other AAA tips include using cruise control, traveling with a cell phone and being cautious of black ice.

“If you get stuck in snow or ice, straighten the wheel and accelerate slowly. Add sand, traction mats or cat litter under the drive wheels to help avoid spinning the tires,” a statement from AAA read.

“If your tires lose traction and you begin to skid, continue to look and steer in the direction you want to go. If the drive wheels start to spin or slide while going up a hill, ease off the accelerator slightly and then gently resume speed. Roads closures also apply to our tow truck drivers as safety is the key for everyone. If you find yourself in an unsafe situation, please contact law enforcement. Stay with your vehicle if you get stranded. If the engine can be started, run it only long enough to keep warm. Make sure the exhaust pipe is snow-free.”

Visit aaa.com/weather for more information.

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