Updated 6:19 p.m. Monday:
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a "state of emergency" in 45 counties, including Barrow, because of the approaching winter storm.
Local emergency officials participated in a National Weather Service briefing Monday morning.
"It's two events, not one four-day event," said Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith, who participated in the briefing.
A “Winter Weather Advisory” is in effect from 7 p.m. tonight until 7 p.m. Tuesday. During the 24-hour period, Barrow County could get a mixture of rain and sleet — though the sheriff said meteorologists have "low confidence" in the forecast of significant problems here overnight.
The meteorologists have "medium to high confidence," however, for the second part of their forecast. Currently, the county is under a Winter Storm Watch from 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday morning.
"This is in God's hands, but what they are predicting is that Barrow County is on the borderline," the sheriff said. "In the mountains of Northeast Georgia, they could have up to four inches of snow. Toward us, we are looking at a mix of ice and sleet and rain and possibly snow. It is possible we will have from one-third of an inch to one inch of ice."
The latest weather service forecast calls for rain overnight tonight but snow to be mixed with rain around 6 a.m. Tuesday. Freezing drizzle is to begin around midnight Tuesday, turn into freezing rain throughout most of Wednesday, and becoming snow Wednesday night.
The sheriff said public works employees around Barrow County and in its cities are mobilizing resources to treat local roads if the forecasts prove accurate. Icing could make travel impossible and also create power outages due to falling tree limbs.
Starting at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Barrow County Emergency Services will staff its Emergency Operation Center, according to a press release issued Monday afternoon. It will be staffed until Thursday and even longer if conditions require it.
"We also have contingency plans that are based on the amount of precipitation and call volume," said Lt. Scott Dakin, BCES public information officer.
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