According to the National Weather Service, freezing rain will begin Friday afternoon and be accompanied by winds of up to 30 mph, turning to snow as early as 3 p.m. in Northwest Georgia.Periods of snow will fall throughout the night, gradually diminishing to snow flurries about daybreak Saturday. NWS predicted 1 to 4 inches north of Interstate 20/I-85 and the mountains of Northeast Georgia may see upward of 8 inches.The Georgia Department of Transportation began preparing the roads by any means possible to ensure the safety of anyone who has to travel.As Georgia DOT forces began laying materials and clearing roadways in north Georgia, metro Atlanta roadway crews prepared for the window of opportunity after the rain moved out to begin applying brine and spreading salt and gravel materials on the roadway. GDOT asked everyone to be off the roads by 3 p.m. so that they could prepare the roads and highways for the incoming storm.During the window between 3 to 6 p.m., GDOT asked the public to stay off the roads to enable GDOT efforts to successfully get this material on the roadway.The National Weather Service forecast called for up to 2 inches of snow and a tenth of an inch of ice for Bartow County overnight Friday into Saturday morning. Wind may pose a threat as gusts up to 35 mph overnight could topple trees and down power lines.Bartow is also under a flood watch through Saturday morning. Friday’s low will be 30. On Saturday, there is a chance of snow showers, turning to rain. The high will be near 37.