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Posted: 8:02 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

Winter weather awareness in Georgia 

Snow in Atlanta
If you're careful you can drive on snow really slow in low gear.

By Kirk Mellish

Winter Weather Awareness Week for Georgia is December 2-7, 2012. The main threats from winter weather across the Southeast stem from ice storms, crop-killing freezes and occasional snow. Last winter (2011-2012), all 4 climate sites reported a Trace of snowfall (Atlanta, Athens, Macon, and Columbus). The coldest temperature between these 4 stations was 18°F recorded at Macon on January 14 and  February 13, 2012. We will have to wait and see what this year brings, however, the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting equal chances of it being cooler or warmer than normal and slightly wetter this winter season

Ice is one of the major winter weather problems across the Southeast. The accumulation of ice on trees and power lines can cause these items to topple. Communications can become disrupted and roadways can become blocked. Bridges and overpasses generally freeze before other surfaces. In addition, ice can form on the roadway and not even be visible to the driver - this is known as black ice. Durring the winter of 2010-2011 north and central Georgia witnessed such an event with the Snow and Ice Storm of January 9th and 10th.  It is important to have an emergency kit in case ice makes roadways hazardous and the transportation system becomes disrupted. More information can be found in Winter Storms: The Deceptive Killers.

Thanks to the National Weather Service Peachtree City for this information. For more about winter weather hazards and forecasts follow this link.

Kirk Mellish

About Kirk Mellish

Kirk Mellish is Atlanta's first and only full-time radio meteorologist. He's also the FIRST broadcast meteorologist in Georgia and the Southeast to earn the American Meteorological Society's new Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation.

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