Perhaps with the memories of slow state response to two major snow and ice storms in 2014, Governor Deal has declared a state of emergency in 15 north Georgia counties under a winter storm warning. From a press release:
I am issuing this order out of an abundance of caution, so the state can make all preparations necessary to quickly and efficiently address any potential winter weather problems,” said Deal. “We will monitor the weather throughout the night and allocate state resources as needed should ice formation creep further south into the metro area.
I remain hopeful that the low pressure system will move northward, thus allowing warmer temperatures into our state,” Deal said. “With forecasts showing temperatures hovering around the freezing point, however, we have to work on the assumption that we’ll face icy conditions.
What had been predicted to be a significant storm in the metro Atlanta area now seems to have become less of a threat until maybe Tuesday morning, when black ice is possible. Yet Governor Deal decided to close nonessential state offices at the Capitol on Monday as well. Of course, it’s President’s Day, and the legislature is not in session, so it’s easier to do it Monday that it would be on Tuesday. But, it’s clear the governor isn’t taking any chances that the storm could end up worse than it’s currently predicted to be.