Barrow County schools are closed today and also will be closed Wednesday, with all school-related activities and meetings canceled or postponed, according to an announcement this afternoon by school superintendent Wanda Creel.
"As conditions develop, we will determine when it is safe to resume school," she said.
Barrow County government offices also are closing today at 3 and will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 12, and Thursday, Feb. 13, according to an announcement from the county clerk.
Regular operating hours are expected to resume on Friday, Feb.14, the announcement states.
The Barrow County Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. Instead, the items scheduled for action or discussion will be moved to the agenda of the BOC’s next meeting on Feb. 25.
Also, BOC Chairman Pat Graham has signed a resolution for a Local State of Emergency in Barrow County. The action coincides with State of Emergency resolutions previously issued by Gov. Nathan Deal and by President Obama, according to the county announcement.
This week’s winter storm will cover North Georgia in snow and ice over the next two or three days, with conditions worsening after midnight tonight due to hours of freezing rain that will coat roadways, trees and power lines.
Local emergency officials today participated in another webinar with personnel from the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.
“They are concerned this is going to come in around midnight with more ice and snow,” said Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith, who attended the briefing.
“What is really going to affect us now is downed power lines and trees,” he said. “We will have sustained winds from 10-20 miles per hour and wind gusts of 25-30 miles per hour starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday.”
He said the county’s Emergency Operations Center would be fully staffed at 8 p.m. tonight.
“Right now the biggest thing going against us in the morning is possible power outages,” Smith said. “We’ve got contingency plans for assisting homebound people.”
The region’s meteorologists are forecasting mostly freezing rain tonight and Wednesday, and then snow Wednesday night.
Accumulations of 2-4 inches of snow and up to one-half inch of ice are possible during the period. The most significant amounts of precipitation will fall Wednesday.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has urged the public to "refrain from all but absolutely necessary driving" throughout the storm.
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