Schools close ahead of potential winter weather

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With the possibility of winter precipitation entering northwest Georgia this morning, Bartow County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Cuprowski said the county will continue to monitor the evolving weather situation. As of Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. National Weather Service forecasted .1 inches of snow and .01 inches of ice for portions of Bartow.

Both Bartow County and Cartersville City schools canceled class today due to the threat of inclement weather.According to http://forecast.weather.gov, there is “a chance of rain or freezing rain between 11 am and 1 pm, then rain likely” in Cartersville. Today also will feature a high near 40 degrees with a 60 percent chance of precipitation and minimal or no ice accumulation.“[Bartow County is] right on the borderline of a pocket of a little ice and snow as opposed to just straight rain,” Cuprowski said. “... The way it stands right now is Bartow County, on one slide it showed a little bit of the northwest corner of the Adairsville area maybe possibly getting some snow or some ice. It looked like the rest of the county was going to get rain.“But the good news is by Thursday morning about 10 o’clock everybody is expected to be well above freezing. So anything we do get shouldn’t last long. And if we do get any, it shouldn’t be major amounts that would cause power outages and stuff like that. But any ice on the roads obviously is dangerous. ... We’re just monitoring [the weather] really, really closely, and everybody’s getting in preparation mode.”With the possible wintry mix arriving after the morning rush hour, Cuprowski advised motorists to be prepared for afternoon travel.“They’ve got to monitor it closely because tomorrow morning it’s looking to come into the northwest corner of the state about 7 a.m.,” Cuprowski said Tuesday. “So when they’re leaving their house, everything may be fine. But if we get it, we’ll probably be getting it between 10 and 2 p.m. So the travel home could be a totally different travel than in the morning.“If we learned one thing from a couple of years ago from the snowmageddon, be prepared. God forbid, if the travel home is to be extended, make sure you’ve got water, make sure you’ve got some blankets and maybe some food if you should get stuck.”