(Franklin) — As of Wednesday evening it appears that Heard County has been lucky compared to many other areas around the state experiencing problems from the latest winter storm.
As many areas north and east of our local area have suffered deplorable conditions over the past 24 hours including impassable driving conditions, icy hazards, and power outages.
Currently, only 48 homes are reported to be without power in Heard County, a very small number considering the statewide totals that are continually fluctuating between 100,000-200,000.
The county can still expect very hazardous conditions through the night as precipitation is expected to alternate between light freezing rain, a light wintry mix, and light snow.
This forecast, however, is a vast improvement from this morning’s weather models reported by Atlanta television stations that indicated Heard County could receive as much as 6-8 inches of heavy snow after midnight.
The biggest concern continues to be heavy icing on trees and limbs which could cause damage to homes and power lines.
The system is expected to be out of the area by about sunrise tomorrow morning with temperatures expected to reach the mid to upper 40’s during the day before falling once again to down near freezing Friday morning.
Heard County school superintendent Jerry Prince made the call earlier this afternoon to cancel Heard County schools for Thursday as road conditions are expected to deteriorate during the overnight hours. The unusual winter weather patterns have forced the interruption of classes for eight total days in 2014.
Thursday night’s scheduled Region 5-AA playoff basketball games at HHS have been postponed once again with no word yet on the make-up days. (UPDATE: Region playoff games are tentatively now scheduled for Friday night at HHS.)
The Heard County Special Olympics “Spirit Night” planned for Thursday evening at Chick-Fil-A in Carrollton has also been cancelled.
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