As the snow and ice started to melt away Thursday, Georgians began venturing back outside. Wesley McConnell owns Thumb’s Up, a Decatur diner that serves breakfast all day. He and several of his employees stayed in a nearby hotel so that he could keep the restaurant open throughout the storm.
The storm Georgians have been waiting for is here, and meteorologists say it will be even worse than expected. The Interstate 20 cor Gov. Nathan Deal is continuing to urge Georgians to stay off the roads Wednesday. Speaking at a noon press conference at the state Capitol, he said his main concern about the weather is that Georgians will think the winter storm moving through the state has peaked and will leave their homes.
Living in the South might condition you to endure some pretty serious summer heat...but driving on ice may not be a skill you've honed. The safest advice is just to stay home. Clayton Scott, Chatham County’s Emergency Management Director, says the storm has been much milder in the Savannah area than he’d feared, but black ice is still a threat. That's because, like the name suggests, you can't see it. He spoke with GPB Savannah Bureau Chief Sarah McCammon about how to drive on ice - if you must.
It would appear two inches of snow can cripple traffic in metro Atlanta. It can force people to abandon their cars and start walking. It waylays children and teachers at schools and keeps workers shut in at the state Capitol. And it can cause even the mightiest of Governors to admit maybe the state wasn’t prepared. But can it turn elections?
After a rainy Tuesday across Georgia, residents are bracing themselves for more bad weather that could include snow in the north and tornadoes in the south. Alex Gibbs, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, says flood warnings are in effect for parts of north Georgia overnight Tuesday. Areas could see as many as three inches of rain. North Georgia could see about one to one and a half inches of snow, and there may be light snowfall as far south as the city of Atlanta.
Wednesday marks the 20-year anniversary of the bizarre "Blizzard of '93" that glazed much of Georgia to a standstill with wind-whipped snow and sub-zero chill factors. It was just a week before the official start of spring, with azaleas and dogwoods already budding in Augusta.
Much of north Georgia was under a flood watch as forecasters warned of the potential for freezing rain and some snow later in the week. The National Weather Service said rain is expected to mix with and change over to snow or a snow/sleet mix across parts of north Georgia Thursday. Forecasters said there was the potential for light snow accumulations across parts of north Georgia.
The national Weather Service was predicting snow in North Georgia late Monday night. There's a weather advisory for nine counties from midnight until ten A.M. tomorrow. Meteorologist Steven Nelson advises cautious driving.