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February 11, 2014

Winter storm warning in effect

MILLEDGEVILLE — The winter storm warning remains in effect from 7 p.m. Tuesday evening to 1 p.m. Thursday for mainly freezing rain with some snow for all of north and central Georgia.

According to the National Weather Service, a quarter to three quarters of an inch of ice could accumulate with locally higher amounts. The higher amounts are expected to be across the eastern part of the state. Snowfall amounts of up to around an inch and a half are possible, mostly in the northern part of central Georgia.

Freezing rain will begin Tuesday night, generally after midnight and continue into Wednesday. Some of the southern areas may see a brief change over to rain. This will transition to snow late Wednesday night.

These high ice accumulation amounts will make travel impossible. This has the potential to be a catastrophic event. Widespread power outages are possible as ice accumulates on trees and powerlines and brings them down.

In Milledgeville, the forecast indicates a chance of rain and sleet before 2 p.m. Tuesday, then sleet between 2 and 5 p.m., then rain and sleet after 5 p.m. High near 36 degrees. Northeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Rain, freezing rain and sleet before 8 p.m. Tuesday, then snow. Low around 26 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

On Wednesday, snow is likely, mainly before 8 a.m. With a high near 39 degrees, north wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light northeast in the afternoon. Chance or precipitation is 70 percent. 

Milledgeville-Baldwin County can expect see sunny skies Thursday with a high near 43 degrees.

A winter storm warning for ice means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of ice are forecast that will make travel dangerous and impossible in most cases.

Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. With the forecast ice amounts, widespread power outages are possible, especially in the Wednesday to Wednesday night time period.

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