Freezing Rain Advisory Issued by National Weather Service

Friday morning could offer too much excitement if the freezing rain that is in the forecast hits our area.

The city of Alpharetta is urging motorist to be careful driving on Friday, when winter weather is forecat that includes a mix of sleet and freezing rain moving into the area at 5 a.m. The National Weather Services's latest forecast says the chance for freezing rain is 60 percent.

The wintry weather mix could continue through early afternoon on Friday. The National Weather Service issued a freezing rain advisory from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday for parts of the state that include the area west and south of a line from Ellijay to Cumming to Gainesville – which includes North Fulton. Forecasters aren't sure how far south the feezing rain may occur.

Tonight will be chilly, with the overnight low dropping to around 28 degrees. But don't expect it to warm up on Friday: The high is forecast to only reach 35, barely above freezing.

"Based on these forecasts ice can be expected to develop on elevated surfaces such as trees and power lines. The potential of ice patches developing on bridges, overpasses, and highway access ramps exists, as does the possibility of black ice developing on roadways in low lying or shaded areas," said James Drinkard, assistant city administrator in a weather alert today.

"The city of Alpharetta urges all motorists to exercise caution when driving and to travel at below normal speeds due to this potential," Drinkard said.


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