Oh, snow: Area gears up for winter weatherSnow falling on West Howard in Decatur.
This story has been updated.
Snow is in the forecast, and the white stuff falling from the sky has not always mixed well with Atlanta’s commuter culture.
Local officials are getting ready. The National Weather Service says there’s a chance of rain and snow between 9 a.m. and noon and after 8 p.m. on Friday. There’s a 30 percent chance of snow before noon on Saturday. There’s also a winter storm watch in effect starting Friday night through Saturday afternoon, with accumulations of two to four inches possible.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency is asking people to make preparations to stay home for at least three days. GMA also published a list of tips for dealing with winter weather, which you can read by clicking here.
There’s no word on school cancellations for Friday. Decaturish will post this information when it becomes available.
DeKalb County will be announcing its storm preparation measures later today, Jan. 5.
The city of Avondale Estates released this list of tips for residents:
What can you do to stay safe and prepared after a winter storm watch has been issued?
– Have extra medications or special items for babies, disabled and the elderly.
– To report a power outage, call Georgia Power at 888-891-0938 or report the outage and view an outage map online at outagemap.georgiapower.com.
– Charge cell phones and other mobile devices.
– Have extra batteries for flashlights and radios (to prevent fires, do not use candles).
– Obtain rock salt or environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways; along with sand to improve traction.
– Make sure you have snow shovels and snow removal equipment.
– Check for a sufficient amount of heating fuel. In the unlikely event you become isolated in your home, and regular fuel sources may be cut off, it is recommended that you have a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
– Have adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
– Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
– Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather advisories.
– If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.