A winter storm in January 2000 affected almost every North Georgia county as thousands of fans were arriving in Atlanta for Super Bowl Sunday.
While the danger from winter weather varies across the state, most Georgians are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives. That could mean snow or subfreezing temperatures, as well as strong winds or even ice or heavy rain storms. Winter storms, which often affect North Georgia, result in extreme cold, downed power lines, and blocked roads and highways.
Prepare for Winter Weather
- 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.
Make a Plan
- Plan to stay inside and make it on your own, at least for a period of time.
- If you have a wood-burning fireplace, consider storing wood to keep you warm if winter weather knocks out your heat.
- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed of winter weather watches and warnings.
- Also monitor commercial radio, television, and the Internet.
- Keep in mind that during a severe winter storm it could be hours, or even days before emergency personnel is able to reach you.