State of emergency issued for Gwinnett as area braces for snow, ice

A winter storm advisory is in effect for Gwinnett County from tonight through Tuesday afternoon. As a second round approaches Tuesday night, a storm watch has been issued from Tuesday night through Thursday.

A warning has been issued for counties just north of Gwinnett, including Hall.

Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 45 Georgia counties, including Gwinnett, explaining that forecasters not only expect rain, sleet and snow that could cause problems overnight Monday but another wave of potentially icy weather Tuesday night.

From tonight to Tuesday, forecasters are not certain how much snow the area will see. They say, however, do not let your guard down for the Tuesday night to Thursday event.

Gwinnett may see anywhere from 2 to 4-inches when all is said and done, but ice will be a major concern on Wednesday.

Ice will begin to accumulate Tuesday night making for "hazardous or impossible" driving conditons.

Deal activated the State Operations Center at 3 p.m. He said it will operate until the emergency response ends.

“I encourage all Georgians in affected areas to make the necessary preparations tonight and tomorrow – including plans to be off the road by early evening so that DOT crews can begin pretreating the roads,” Deal said.

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