Weather Alert: High fire danger Sunday, potential icy commute Monday

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Statement for the local area for a high fire danger on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 and a Special Weather Statement on the potential for icy conditions in areas that could impact the commute on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

According to the Hazardous statement, “very dry conditions are expected this afternoon across parts of the northeast and central Georgia Sunday afternoon. Relative humidity values will fall to 20 to 25 percent across parts of northeast and much of central Georgia. The dry air and low fuel moisture values
will combine to produce high fire danger conditions.”

In addition, Georgia Department of Transportation is gearing up to brine roads in case of overnight sleet and rain cause icing on the roads that could make the commute early Monday morning dangerous for motorists. A Special Weather Statement warning of this potential reaches into Metro Atlanta, Gwinnett and other areas that may be included in the early morning commute. According to the SWS, “There is a chance of freezing rain and sleet across north Georgia early Monday morning as warm moist air overrides cold air near the ground. Forecasted ice accumulations are less than a tenth of an
inch across northwest and parts of north central Georgia.” Motorists are urged to use caution if driving in these conditions.


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