September 23, 2021

Potential weather hazards force closure of Heard County Schools Tuesday

(Franklin, GA) — Acting on the latest forecast from the National Weather Service, the Heard County School System this evening announced that Heard County schools will be closed on Tuesday, February 16.

Tomorrow’s closure includes all faculty and staff and previously scheduled extracurricular activities are also cancelled including the Brave baseball’s season opener versus Handley.

The National Weather Service has warned that some counties in the West Georgia area may have black ice on roads as temperatures drop well below freezing overnight following heavy rains Monday afternoon.

The NWS says rainfall associated with an approaching cold front will be moving through the region this afternoon and ending later this evening.

As the rain exits the region this evening cold air will filter into the area quickly behind the rainfall. In addition, relative humidity values are expected to remain high over night.

As a result of the temperatures quickly dropping below freezing and relative humidity values remaining high, many area roads and bridges will not have an opportunity to dry off and subsequently have an opportunity to freeze overnight and into the early AM resulting in areas of black ice.

Areas along and north and west of the Interstate 85 corridor have the greatest risk of black ice forming.

Counties and communities just to the south and east of Interstate 85 may see some patchy black ice.

Across far Northwest GA and the North GA mountains, as the cold front pushes in behind the storm system this evening, rain could change to light freezing rain, sleet or snow.

Any accumulations are expected to be very light, however with temperatures falling into the 20s, some roads may become icy from winter precipitation or the refreezing of water on roadways previously mentioned.

Persons in these areas should remain alert, monitor the latest conditions and be prepared patchy black ice through the early AM.

Stay tuned to for further updates and potential closing information as it becomes available.

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