CPD opens lobby to those in need of heat

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With temperatures in the teens and a wind chill possibly below zero, Cartersville Police Department on Monday stepped up efforts for those in need.

“With the temperatures being dangerously low this time of year, the Cartersville Police Department would like to offer the lobby of our department to anyone who needs the shelter and warmth from the cold weather,” a release said. “If you come across anyone in need, please let them know.”The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for portions of north Georgia overnight Monday. Wind chills could dip as low as minus five degrees, especially in the higher elevations.Bartow County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Cuprowski said the county will assist CPD with any needs but had no plans of its own Monday night.Today should be sunny with a high hovering in the mid-30s. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 23.A wintry mix, however, is possible Wednesday ... and again on Friday.There is a chance of snow, freezing rain or sleet before 2 p.m. Wednesday, changing to rain or freezing rain between 2 and 3 p.m. and rain thereafter. The high will be 37.The NWS winter storm watch was issued north of a line from Dalton to Ellijay to Cleveland.A wintry mix is expected again Friday and Friday night as a strong low pressure system moves across the Southeast states. Northern Georgia and portions of north central Georgia have the best chances for accumulating winter precipitation.