Residents in the Columbus area may wake up today to a mix of freezing rain and snow before the storm moves out of the Chattahoochee Valley.
There is a 60 percent chance of more rain with an overnight temperature below freezing, said George Wetzel, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Ga.
“You could get an inch of sleet and snow overnight,” he said. “You are more likely to see a glaze or traces of snow out there.”
Rainfall is expected to end by sunup, but the area will remain under a freezing rain advisory until 1 p.m. By the afternoon, the high temperature should reach the upper 40s. The low temperature in the 30s will make driving difficult on slick roads.
“Roads are going to be pretty slick,” Wetzel said.
The Columbus Consolidated Government will be closed until noon because of the threat of bad road conditions, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said.
Tomlinson said Public Works road crews will be on alert to address trouble spots, should any develop. Wetzel said bridges and low lying elevations will be slick.
Public Works Director Pat Biegler said she will bring in garbage and recycling truck crews around 10 a.m. and possibly have them work a little later than usual to make the normal Thursday pickups. Crews will service roads, bridges and hot spots with sand or salt during the morning.
Just before 8 p.m., Wetzel said Lumpkin and LaGrange had snow from the storm system with rain and cold air.
LaGrange in Troup County was expected to get 1 or 2 inches of snow and sleet along with some additional freezing rain.
In a release from the city, Columbus officials said Metra bus service will be delayed until noon before resuming its normal schedule.
Residents are urged to stay off roads if possible. “We encourage the public to be safe and only travel on roadways if absolutely necessary,” City Manager Isaiah Hugley said in a statement.