Potential winter weather tonight, Friday
by Staff Report
Jan 24, 2013 | 2880 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The National Weather Service on Wednesday evening issued a winter storm watch for Cartersville and Bartow County from late tonight into Friday.

A cold front pushing through the Southeast on Friday will bring precipitation to the region as cold air settles in at the surface. The mix could result in freezing rain and sleet.

Up to a quarter of an inch of ice could accumulate as freezing rain and sleet fall in the area north of a line from Rome to Gainesville. The wintry mix could begin tonight with a majority of the precipitation expected during the day Friday.

Ice and possibly sleet may cause roadway and sidewalks to become slippery, making travel dangerous especially on bridges and overpasses. Ice also may accumulate on power lines and trees, which could lead to power outages and downed trees.

The forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of rain before 8 a.m. today with mostly sunny skies later and a high near 45. There is a slight chance of rain or freezing rain before 1 a.m. Temperatures are expected to drop to 29 overnight.

On Friday, rain, freezing rain and sleet are likely before 1 p.m. with rain likely to follow. The high will reach 39.