Though the first winter storm of 2020 is here, though ice accumulation was expected later than previously reported.
The storm started Friday and was scheduled to turn into freezing rain between 3 am. and 5 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
A winter storm warning remains in effect until 3 a.m. Sunday, and DeKalb County residents should expect potentially significant rain and ice accumulation, with some snow which could create hazardous road conditions into early Sunday.
The National Weather Service issued the warning Friday morning, and said travel will be most significantly impacted mid to late evening Friday and into early Saturday morning, followed by a brief reprieve Saturday afternoon after which it will pick up with heavy snowfall.
Public works crews from surrounding municipalities including the City of DeKalb and the DeKalb County Highway Department were out Friday afternoon preparing snow plows, salt and equipment for the storm.
Beginning Friday evening, a mix of freezing rain and sleet developed and continued into early Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service, with potential total ice accumulations in excess of two tenths of an inch.
The downpour is expected to switch into heavy snow Saturday afternoon, with accumulations of up six inches expected. Wind gusts could hit as high as 40 mph Friday night and Saturday.
Because of the winter conditions, power outages and tree damage could be prevalent throughout the county, and travel could be significantly affected by the worst road conditions expected Friday night through Saturday night, according to the weather service.
Local agencies, such as city and county law enforcement agencies and fire departments, are urging residents to use caution when driving this weekend.
Source: The Daily Chronicle