Tonight rain and snow is possible before 9 p.m., then a chance of snow between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tonight's low is expected around 26 and new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
After keeping a close check on local rivers and waterways because of three consecutive days of rainy weather, county officials are now focusing on possible snow and icy conditions.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 10 a.m. Thursday until 7 a.m. Friday.
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Tim Herrington, deputy director of the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency, called it “a period of wait and see.”
One report of damage caused by the recent rains was a tree that fell early Wednesday morning in the yard of a home on Sherwood Road near the entrance to Shorter University.
The tree damaged two vehicles and caused cosmetic damage to the house.
Herrington said that they had not had any widespread reports of trees down but warned that it is a possibility.
“With the ground being as saturated as it is, we may have issues if the wind picks up, but there are no problems right now,” he said.
There are high winds in the forecast for today and tonight, according to the National Weather Service. A northwest wind from 10-20 mph is expected with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Along with that burst of wind is the chance of snow. There is a 100 percent chance of precipitation today with occasional rain showers turning into snow sometime in the afternoon.
“But with the warm temperatures we’ve had and the wet ground, we don’t expect any chance of accumulation except for places in high elevations,” Herrington said.
However, once night falls so will the temperature, and Herrington said that’s when areas of ice could form, especially in places on the roads where there is standing water.
“Sometime after midnight is when the temperature will drop significantly, and between midnight and 7 or 8 a.m. will be our cautious period for possible problems on the roadways,” he said.
Today’s high is expected to be near 44, while the temperature will dip to about 27 tonight.
The Georgia Department of Transportation urged people to drive with caution this afternoon and Friday morning because of the threat of black ice, especially along bridges.
“We’re going to keep monitoring the river levels and stay in constant contact with the National Weather Service in case there are any changes that we’re not expecting,” Herrington said.
He said public works and Floyd EMA volunteers would be on standby tonight to check roads for black ice, including the areas along Armuchee Creek where there is minor flooding.
Armuchee Creek was at a little less than 20 feet at Old Dalton Road on Wednesday night and was expected to crest at 21 feet, still within the minor flooding stage.
The Oostanaula River was expected to crest at 21 feet as well at some point this morning, four feet below flood stage. It was at 20.27 feet at the Turner McCall Boulevard bridge on Wednesday night.
The Etowah and the Coosa rivers were both well below flood stage, and Herrington said he expected the river levels to begin receding sometime today.