County braces for blanket of snow

CONYERS -- With a 100 percent chance of snow predicted for today, local public works departments, law enforcement and the school system are keeping an eye on the sky and preparing to take care of the ground if ice should create problems.

The National Weather Service predicted light rain and snow would be falling by daybreak today. The chance of snow is at 100 percent between 1 and 4 p.m. The snow line looks to be from Atlanta to Athens southward, and an accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is expected.

Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Lt. Myra Pearrell said the county's emergency management office has informed the county schools and local governments of what to expect.

She said the biggest concern will not necessarily be the snowfall but the ice expected to come afterwards, with lows expected to drop down into the 20s tonight.

Pearrell also encouraged residents to be mindful of the wintry mix.

"We're monitoring the weather, we've done equipment checks and have our plans in place to be ready," Pearrell said. "I would encourage residents to also be aware of the conditions and make sure they have their own plans in place."

This is the second winter weather event to affect Rockdale County this year. Light snow that turned to ice caused Rockdale County Public Schools to close on Jan. 7.

Cindy Ball, director of community relations at RCPS, said officials were monitoring the weather but had not made an announcement as of late Thursday.

If a decision to close schools is made, RCPS employees will begin notifying parents through its AlertNow automated phone system, major television and metro-Atlanta radio stations and on the RCPS Web site, www.rockdale.k12.ga.us.