(Franklin) — With a winter weather advisory in effect for Tuesday and Wednesday, Heard County superintendent made the call late Monday evening to cancel school for Tuesday.
“The weather services are forecasting snow and sleet to begin about mid-morning Tuesday with temperatures only reaching the upper 20’s Tuesday afternoon,” said Prince by phone Monday. “We shouldn’t have any problems getting the kids to school in the morning but the last thing we want is to send a busload of kids home tomorrow afternoon in unsafe conditions. We are especially worried about the side roads.”
Tuesday will be the third day schools have closed in 2014. Frigid cold temperatures forced the cancellation of classes on January 7-8 earlier this month. Those days will be made up on February 17-18, days originally planned as a part of winter break.
Heard County and surrounding areas are currently under a Winter Storm Warning which is in effect from 10:00 AM Tuesday through 1:00 PM Wednesday.
More details of the warning courtesy of The Weather Channel are available below:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR A WINTRY MIX… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM TUESDAY TO 1 PM EST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* LOCATIONS… FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA… MAINLY ALONG A LINE FROM FRANKLIN… TO PEACHTREE CITY… TO LEXINGTON.
* HAZARD TYPES… SNOW AND SLEET.
* ACCUMULATIONS… SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF ONE TO TWO INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. SLEET ACCUMULATIONS AROUND HALF AN INCH.
* TIMING… SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ACROSS THE AREA BY MID MORNING AND CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT. SLEET WILL MIX WITH SNOW AT TIMES THROUGH THE EVENING. THE HEAVIEST PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
* IMPACTS… SNOW AND ICE COVERED ROADS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE BEGINNING TUESDAY AFTERNOON INTO WEDNESDAY. LIGHT ICING WILL MAKE SIDEWALKS AND WALKWAYS TREACHEROUS.
* WINDS… NORTH 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH.
* TEMPERATURES… HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR EARLY TUESDAY MORNING WITH VALUES FALLING THROUGH THE 20S IN THE AFTERNOON. OVERNIGHT TUESDAY TEMPERATURES WILL RANGE FROM THE UPPER TEENS TO AROUND 20. HIGH TEMPERATURES ON WEDNESDAY ARE EXPECTED IN THE MIDDLE 30S… WITH VALUES FINALLY RISING ABOVE FREEZING DURING THE EARLY AFTERNOON.
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND SLEET MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THE AMOUNT OF SNOW THAT IS FORECAST WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL… KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT… FOOD… AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.