Snow began falling about 10 a.m. across most of the county, and Bartow County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Cuprowski said at 1:15 p.m. the situation had gone from "bad to worse."
The National Weather Service advised Cuprowski this morning that the southern portion of the county could receive 1 to 1 1/2 inches of snow, with the northern portion seeing only 1/2 to an inch of accumulation.
The bulk of the precipitation will fall through sunset, he said.
Roadways across the county are affected by the inclement weather.
"Roads are pretty much gridlocked," Cuprowski said.
An emergency operations center has been established by the county at EMA headquarters and the city, according to Cartersville Fire Department Capt. Shannon Horn, is meeting to make the operations decisions at 1:15 p.m.
Bartow County Fire Department Capt. Mike Kimbrel said the roads were terrible and extra crews were being called in to help handle the increase in calls.
Emerson police had advised Kimbrel that Red Top Mountain Road was impassable, he said.
The Georgia State Patrol is reporting deteriorating conditions, including in the area of Sugar Valley Road, exit 290 on Interstate 75, and State Route 20 was "white."
Accidents have been reported all over the county with calls increasing as drivers left work and picked up students.
According to Cuprowski, E911 has established a system of "triaging calls" to streamline efficiency.
Bartow County and Cartersville City schools both are closing early due to the weather.
Bartow County School System will dismiss two hours early, and all after-school and evening activities, including after school care, are cancelled.
In the city, Kids & Company PreK will dismiss at 12:15 p.m.; CPS at 1 p.m.; CES at 1:45; and CMS and CHS at 2 p.m.
Cuprowski urged residents to stay off the roadways and not go out unless necessary.