May 23, 2018

Winter Weather Advisory – Residents Urged to Stay Home

(Franklin, GA) — The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Heard County at least through Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM and local authorities are asking that residents plan to stay home possibly through Thursday morning due to potential travel difficulties and extremely cold temperatures.

Forecasts are calling for up to an inch of snow overnight and temperatures are expected to remain at or well below freezing until noon on Thursday.

Heard County schools will be closed Wednesday for all students and employees and all Heard County government offices will be closed Wednesday as well.

Additionally, a wind chill advisory is in effect through 1:00 PM Wednesday afternoon as the arctic blast pushes through our area.

According to the Winter Weather Advisory, residents should expect slippery road conditions and snow accumulations of up to one inch with locally higher amounts possible.

Very cold wind chills are expected with wind chills ranging from 25 above zero to 5 below zero. Winds will become strong and gusty tomorrow with northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph gusting to 25 to 30 mph. The cold wind chills can cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.

Any motorists should be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities and use extreme caution.

A wind chill advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure to wear a hat and gloves.

Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com for further information and updates as they become available.

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