Emergency Management Agency
COBB COUNTY GOVERNMENT
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What is Code Red?
Current Weather Briefing: February 11, 2014, 8:30pm
The National Weather Service 8:30pm Weather Briefing showed that Ice Storm Warnings have been issued for the southern side of Metro Atlanta just south of Cobb County, but Cobb County will remain in a Winter Storm Warning until 1pm Thursday, February 13, 2014. The slides for this briefing can be found at: www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/html/briefings.php.
Event: Winter Storm Warning
The heavy precipitation is expected to return tonight around 1am with mostly sleet, which will turn into freezing rain by 4am-5am and continue throughout the day with temperatures remaining steady around the 30's. The transition from freezing rain to sleet/snow could begin anywhere around 3pm and continue into the evening hours. Most of Cobb County will start to see snow anytime after 7pm.
Precipitation is expected to end between 5am and noon on Thursday. Thursday morning temperatures will remain below freezing in the upper 20's which will maintain the accumulation on the roads. Warming is expected on Thursday with temperatures rising into the upper 30's. Any remaining precipitation will refreeze into late Thursday evening and Friday morning. Friday morning temperatures will rise into the upper 40's.
Total accumulation: 1-2 inches of snow and 3/4-1 inch of ice
Other considerations: The wind will increase tonight, hitting its peak around 8am on Wednesday morning with sustained winds at 15-20mph and gusts at 25-30mph. This increases the threat for downed trees and power lines!
Extreme caution needs to be taken with this system. Widespread power outages throughout Georgia are a high potential. This event is considered to be a catastrophic historical event!
The National Weather Service will hold another weather briefing tomorrow at 10am. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the EMA office at 770-499-4567.
Are You Prepared for Winter Weather?
Although the winter season doesn’t officially start until late December, cold and rainy weather is affecting large portions of our state. Make sure your family, home and car are ready for severe winter conditions by staying tuned to local weather and following these steps:
- Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
- Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify winter weather.
- Include adequate clothing and blankets in your Ready kit to keep you warm.
- Allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.
- Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
- Fully winterize your vehicle and keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
- Keep an extra Ready kit in the trunk of your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding an ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables.
Please visit the following links for more information on preparedness:
Ready Georgia: http://ready.ga.gov/
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): http://www.fema.gov/
Outdoor Weather Alert Sirens
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