The National Weather Service at 5:05 a.m. today forecasted for the Winder area "heavy snow, mixing with and changing to freezing rain by 9 a.m."
Temperatures will be in the upper 20s, and winds will be coming here from the Northeast at 15-20 miles per hour. Expect 2-4 inches of snowfall through 11:30 a.m. The wintry precipitation isn't going to end until around 5 a.m. Thursday.
To keep E-911 Center lines open during the ongoing weather emergency, Barrow County Emergency Services is asking the public not to call the 9-1-1 emergency line to report fallen trees or power lines but to use the non-emergency line at (770) 307-3122.
"We also want citizens to know that with the increased call volume, our communication officers will be extremely busy, and we want to keep the 911 lines available for emergencies and the communication officers available as much as possible," said Lt. Scott Dakin. "Please do not call 911 or the non-emergency line to ask about weather conditions, street conditions or to report power outages. If your power goes out you will need to contact your power company."
For updates about weather and road conditions, the department recommends that the public monitor local television and radio shows, as well as local news websites. The department also will update its Facebook page throughout the storm.
With schools closed, children will be at risk from outdoor hazards such as falling ice, downed but energized power lines, and falling trees or branches, Dakin said.
The department fully activated Barrow County's Emergency Operation Center at 8 p.m. to assist in resource and information management. The EOC coordinates responses of local public safety departments to calls for assistance.
"With the expected weather we want to ask citizens to stay home if at possible during the winter storm," Dakin said. "We have extra staff and are ready to help whenever the need arises but we want to reduce the need if possible."
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