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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Nearly 113,000 Georgia Power customers have had electricity restored after an outage from snow and ice in a winter storm moving across the state.

Officials said service has been temporarily interrupted to more than 192,000 customers due to the snow and ice. The majority of the outages occurred since 6 a.m. Wednesday.


More than 143,000 active outages are still reported in Georgia. The majority of these outages are concentrated in Metro Atlanta, central and eastern Georgia. 

 

There are dozens of shelters now open or on standby at area Red Cross facilities, DNR state parks and National Guard facilities. The primary purpose is to provide residents with a warm safe place to stay and as many necessities as possible to help them ride out the dangerous wintry conditions.

GA Power has a power outage map HERE:  

http://outagemap.georgiapower.com/external/default.html

Winds are beginning to howl across much of Georgia, with gusts of 30 mph in Chamblee, a suburb of Atlanta, the National Weather Service reported.  

In west Georgia, winds were gusting up to 28 mph in Columbus shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday.   Strong wind gusts of around 25 mph were also being reported Wednesday morning in Gainesville, Macon and Vidalia.  

The National Weather Service is projecting wind gusts of up to 30 mph across much of the state Wednesday.  

Forecasters say the strong winds combined with heavy ice will exacerbate the potential for trees toppling.  

As for the Albany area, the National Weather Service says that the low pressure system will bring a soaking 1" to 2" of rain to the area and cold air behind the cold front starting tonight.

Sleet/Freezing Rain Potential Precipitation is forecast to end after midnight, just as the freezing temperatures start to move into our northern Georgia counties.

•If there is still precipitation between 11PM and 3AM EST, it will likely be a mix of rain, freezing rain, and sleet along and north of Hwy-82 in GA Impacts

•Some areas in southwest and south-central Georgia may see a trace to 0.01" of freezing rain or sleet.

•Currently impacts are expected to be minimal.  However, wet bridges or elevated surfaces could freeze by daybreak, creating isolated icy patches.

•If freezing temperatures move in earlier than currently forecast, or precipitation lingers longer, accumulations, and thus impacts, could be greater.  

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