PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. — The National Weather Service has extended its wind chill advisory through 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. Some north Georgia schools and universities will close today or change schedules due to the inclement weather.
Dawson County schools will be closed today and will treat the day as an online learning day. All staff should report at 9:30 a.m. if safe to do so.
Lumpkin County schools will be closed today. Staff should report at 9:30 a.m. if safe to do so.
White County schools will be closed.
Truett McConnell University will delay opening until 10 a.m. Thursday.
The University of North Georgia Dahlonega campus will resume normal operations today. All other UNG campuses will open at 11 a.m. The administration is evaluating the weather situation and will re-evaluate the weather and road conditions throughout Wednesday evening.
A wind chill advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m. today for the following counties: Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Chattooga, Gordon, Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Forsyth, Hall, Polk, Paulding, Cobb, North Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Carroll, Douglas, South Fulton, DeKalb, Rockdale, Heard, Coweta, Fayette, Clayton, Spalding, Henry, Troup, Meriwether, Pike and Harris.
* WHAT — Very cold wind chills expected. The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. Expect wind chills to drop to between 5 above zero and 5 below zero overnight.
* WHERE — Portions of north central, northwest and west central Georgia.
* WHEN — Until 10 a.m. EST Thursday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS — Due to the snowfall that has occurred, roads will remain icy and treacherous as temperatures remain below freezing the remainder of today through Thursday morning. If you must drive, use extreme caution. The cold wind chills may cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS — A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.
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