Update for school closings 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 10
Gwinnett County and Walton County Schools will be delayed for two hours on Tuesday morning, Dec. 11, 2018, due to the possibility of black ice on the roads.
“All morning buses will run two hours later than their regularly scheduled pick-up times. Breakfast will be served. All schools will dismiss at their regularly scheduled times,” Callen Moore with Walton County School District said.
George Walton Academy, Trinity Prep, the Bridge of Georgia and Loganville Christian Academy also have reported on social media that they too will start two hours later tomorrow morning,.
Update – Dec. 10, 2018
The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement warning of icy spots and black ice for tonight and into Tuesday morning, Dec. 1, 2018, for several counties in Georgia, including Walton, Gwinnett and surrounding counties.
TEMPERATURES TONIGHT WILL DROP INTO THE UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S ACROSS NORTH AND PORTIONS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA. THE COLDER TEMPERATURES COMBINED WITH MOISTURE LEFT ON SURFACES FROM RECENT PRECIPITATION WILL LEADS TO SLICK OR ICY SPOTS ON ROADS AS WELL AS OTHER SURFACES SUCH AS PORCHES, DECKS, AND SIDEWALKS TUESDAY MORNING. THE MOST LIKELY LOCATIONS FOR BLACK ICE ON ROADWAYS WILL BE SECONDARY OR UNTREATED ROADS AS WELL AS BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES.
Temperatures in the local area are expected to drop to 31 by tomorrow morning. This threat is expected to dimish over the morning as temperatures warm into the afternoon to well above freezing. Motorists are urged to use caution and to allow extra time if traveling late tonight or early tomorrow morning.
Update – Dec. 9, 2018
The Winter Weather Advisory for Walton, Gwinnett, Barrow, Oconee and surrounding counties have been canceled and the Wind Advisory expires at noon, according to the National Weather Service. However, a River Flood Warning has been issued for Walton and Gwinnett counties until this evening.
THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE ALCOVY RIVER NEAR LAWRENCEVILLE. * UNTIL THIS EVENING. * AT 9 AM SUNDAY THE STAGE WAS 9.6 FEET…AND CRESTING. * MINOR FLOODING WILL CONTINUE. * FLOOD STAGE IS 9 FEET. * THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE TO FALL TO BELOW FLOOD STAGE BY THIS AFTERNOON. * AT 10 FEET…MINOR FLOODING CONTINUES TO EXPAND FURTHER INTO THE WOODLANDS UPSTREAM AND DOWNSTREAM FROM THE RIVER GAUGE AT NEW HOPE ROAD AFFECTING GWINNETT AND WALTON COUNTIES.
Update – Dec. 8, 2018
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for several counties in Georgia, including Walton, Gwinnett and some surrounding counties. The Advisory goes into effect from 10 p.m. this evening to 1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.
…MIXED PRECIPITATION EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO ONE INCH AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS UP TO TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH EXPECTED. WINDS WILL GUST TO AS HIGH AS 35 MPH.
While the temperatures near the ground will be either at or above freezing, minor ice accumulations on trees and power lines could lead to some power outages and periods of heavy snow could reduce visibility the less than a mile. Roads are likely to be slippery, especially on bridges and overpasses.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW, SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. EXPECT SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES, AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
In addition, a wind effect is in effect from 6 p.m. this evening to noon on Sunday.
WINDS…NORTHEAST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH. * TIMING…THIS EVENING THROUGH MIDDAY SUNDAY. * IMPACTS…WINDS WILL MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES AND CAN BLOWN DOWN LARGE LIMBS OR WEAKENED TREES. SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED, LOOSE OBJECTS SUCH AS OUTDOOR FURNITURE AND GARBAGE CANS CAN ALSO BE BLOWN AROUND. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 20 MPH, OR GUSTS TO 35 MPH OR STRONGER ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES AND MAY BLOW LARGE LIMBS, OR WEAKENED TREES, DOWN. USE EXTRA CAUTION.
Update – Dec. 7, 2018
The National Weather Service at Peachtree City has issued a Flood Watch for most of Georgia, including the local area. This remains in effect from Saturday morning through Sunday evening, according to the NWS.
A STRONG STORM SYSTEM WILL SPREAD RAIN ACROSS NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA TONIGHT AND CONTINUING INTO SUNDAY. SOME OF THE RAIN COULD BE HEAVY LATE SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT. TOTAL RAINFALL OF 2 TO 3 INCHES IS EXPECTED ACROSS THE WATCH AREA WITH ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS. * THE GROUND ACROSS NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA REMAINS SATURATED FROM RECENT RAINS. SOME RIVERS AND CREEKS ARE ALREADY RUNNING HIGH. ANY ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAIN WILL RESULT IN HIGH RUNOFF, POTENTIALLY CAUSING SOME RIVERS AND CREEKS TO RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE. HIGH WATER MAY NOT RECEDE UNTIL WELL AFTER THE RAINS END.
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flood based on the forecasted conditions. Stay alert for possible flood warnings and those living in flood-prone areas should be prepared to take action.
Update – Dec. 6, 2018
The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement warning that wintry precipitation is expected across northeast Georgia Saturday night into Sunday.
A COMPLEX STORM SYSTEM WILL AFFECT NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA BEGINNING LATE FRIDAY, CONTINUING THROUGH THE WEEKEND AND POTENTIALLY INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK. CONFIDENCE IS INCREASING THAT A PERIOD OF WINTRY PRECIPITATION, MAINLY IN THE FORM OF FREEZING RAIN, WILL OCCUR LATE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY ACROSS NORTHEAST GEORGIA. THE POTENTIAL FOR SNOW AND SLEET HAS SHIFTED MORE INTO NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA. AT THIS TIME, THE BEST CHANCE OF SEEING MEASURABLE ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE NORTH AND EAST OF A HOMER TO GAINESVILLE TO DAWSONVILLE LINE. THE RAIN-FREEZING RAIN LINE COULD MOVE AS FAR SOUTH AND WEST AS CANTON TO CUMMING TO LAWRENCEVILLE TO WINDER TO ATHENS, WHERE A MIX OF RAIN AND FREEZING RAIN IS POSSIBLE.
Confidence in this happening is subject to change as the event is more than 48 hours out. There also is the possibility of heavy rain Saturday into early Sunday, resulting in up to 3 inches of rainfall raising the possibility of localized flooding or flash flooding.
Sunday into Monday, wrap-around moisture could result in some light snow, according to the NWS. However, since that is 3 to 4 days out, confidence in whether or not this will happen is relatively low. If you intend to travel to higher elevations of northeast Georgia, the NWS is urging motorists to prepare for winter weather conditions and hazardous driving conditions late this weekend into early next week.
There has been the potential for winter weather of some sort, other than just cold, for several days for the period Dec. 6 – 11. Well, now that we’re in that period, the National Weather Service is honing on the likelihood of it being sometime over the weekend and into the beginning of next week, more likely Sunday night into Monday. While it too early to say whether the local area will get rain, sleet, freezing rain or snow, it is possible we will get some if not all of it. Stay tuned for updates as we get nearer the time.