'UNPRECEDENTED' and 'CATASTROPHIC': Will Georgia Storm Live Up to Forecasts?

Georgia has already been declared a federal disaster area. Are the forecasts overblown?

Is the weather living up to the foreacast? Credit: National Weather Service
Is the weather living up to the foreacast? Credit: National Weather Service
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service are not often viewed as drama queens. So Georgians started buzzing when the forecasters today said that the coming ice and snow storm could be an event of "historical proportions."

The latest headline from the Peachtree City office predicts "catastrophic" ice amounts of one-third to three-quarters of an inch from Atlanta east along Interstate 20. If it happens, that would likely send power lines and tree limbs crashing to the ground, plunging parts of the state into darkness.

President Obama has already declared the state a federal disaster area, so FEMA can assist local efforts where needed.

What do you think? Are the warnings appropriate or too dire? Have you seen worse Georgia winters?

Tell us in comments.

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Darren Wheeler February 12, 2014 at 10:33 AM
I remember during the winter of 1987/1988 we had sleet/ice that was a good, solid 6-8 inches thick and it did not melt, and laid on the ground and had everything shut down for 4 days. Then there was the TRULY unprecedented (and "catastrophic") snowfall of March of 1993 that pretty much doubled our previous snowfall record. We were without power for three days and many people were without power for as much as a week or more. Power crews from several neighboring states were here to help. A crew from South Carolina restored power in our neighborhood. This current hysteria is 100% fabricated. The federal government has already declared this to be a disaster area before anything has even happened. This is ridiculous.
Robert J. Nebel February 12, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Another round will display its wrath late afternoon and into the evening. It's easy to get fooled by this lull.
Susan February 12, 2014 at 01:03 PM
So the emergency plan is to stay home. Hey is this the 1850's. So you shut down all of Atlanta commerce instead of preparing the roads for 2 days with salt and gravel-not the day of. Excuse being the salt will melt in the rain. Well so be it, re-salt again when the sleet starts. No learning curve.
Miles Rich February 12, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Yes, it may be overblown, but the criticism leveled at certain officials, particularly Kaseem Reed, two weeks ago was way overblown. What did you expect Nathan Deal to do after getting hammered two weeks ago when only five hours before the storm hit, the NWS reduced its Winter Weather Watch to a Winter Weather Advisory, and forecasted only a dusting of snow for areas north of I-20.
Road Scholar February 16, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Just remember that the only weather alert status in the south beyond "historical " proportion is of "biblical" proportions! The storm was what it was/will be.....deal with it! Stay safe and warm! Luckily we only lost power for 3 minutes...yes minutes. Smart grid worked here!


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