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January 28, 2014

Storm warning from NOAA

TIFTON —

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
920 AM EST TUE JAN 28 2014

...WINTER STORM WARNING THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY
AFTERNOON FOR SOUTH GEORGIA...SOUTHEAST ALABAMA...AND THE FLORIDA
PANHANDLE AND BIG BEND...

.A STRONG COLD FRONT PUSHED THROUGH THE REGION OVERNIGHT...WITH
AN ARCTIC AIRMASS SPILLING SOUTHWARD IN ITS WAKE. LIGHT SLEET AND
FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP BY LATE THIS MORNING ACROSS
SOUTHEAST ALABAMA AND THE NORTHERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE...
TRANSITIONING TO ALL FREEZING RAIN THIS AFTERNOON. THE FREEZING
LINE WILL SHIFT SOUTHEASTWARD TONIGHT...BRINGING A THIN GLAZE OF
ICE AS FAR SOUTH AS THE COASTAL PANHANDLE AND BIG BEND. A BRIEF
PERIOD OF SLEET OR SNOW IS POSSIBLE JUST BEFORE THE PRECIPITATION
ENDS...WHICH WILL BE WEDNESDAY MORNING FROM TIFTON TO DOTHAN
NORTHWARD. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN
THIS AREA. ELSEWHERE THE CHANCE FOR SNOW WILL BE LOWER...THOUGH A
TRACE OF SLEET OR SNOW IS POSSIBLE AS FAR SOUTH AS FLORIDA. THE
MAIN IMPACT FROM THIS EVEN WILL MOST LIKELY BE THE FREEZING
RAIN...AS EVEN SMALL AMOUNTS CAN SERIOUSLY DISRUPT LOCAL TRAVEL.

ALZ065>069-FLZ007>011-108-GAZ120>131-142>148-155>157-291800-
/O.CON.KTAE.WS.W.0001.140128T1800Z-140129T1800Z/
COFFEE-DALE-HENRY-GENEVA-HOUSTON-INLAND WALTON-CENTRAL WALTON-
HOLMES-WASHINGTON-JACKSON-SOUTH WALTON-QUITMAN-CLAY-RANDOLPH-
CALHOUN-TERRELL-DOUGHERTY-LEE-WORTH-TURNER-TIFT-BEN HILL-IRWIN-
EARLY-MILLER-BAKER-MITCHELL-COLQUITT-COOK-BERRIEN-SEMINOLE-
DECATUR-GRADY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ENTERPRISE...OZARK...FORT RUCKER...
DALEVILLE...HEADLAND...ABBEVILLE...GENEVA...HARTFORD...SAMSON...
SLOCOMB...MALVERN...TAYLOR...ASHFORD...DOTHAN...KINSEY...
COWARTS...WEBB...COTTONWOOD...REHOBETH...DE FUNIAK SPRINGS...
HUDSON...BONIFAY...CRYSTAL LAKE...CHIPLEY...FIVE POINTS...
MARIANNA...GRACEVILLE...MALONE...SNEADS...FREEPORT...
SANTA ROSA BEACH...GEORGETOWN...FORT GAINES...CUTHBERT...
SHELLMAN...ARLINGTON...MORGAN...EDISON...LEARY...DAWSON...
ALBANY...LEESBURG...SMITHVILLE...SYLVESTER...ASHBURN...TIFTON...
FITZGERALD...OCILLA...DOUGLASVILLE...BLAKELY...COLQUITT...
NEWTON...CAMILLA...PELHAM...MOULTRIE...ADEL...SPARKS...
NASHVILLE...DONALSONVILLE...BAINBRIDGE...CAIRO
920 AM EST TUE JAN 28 2014 /820 AM CST TUE JAN 28 2014/

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM EST /NOON
CST/ THIS AFTERNOON TO 1 PM EST /NOON CST/ WEDNESDAY...

* TIMING...TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

* ACCUMULATIONS...ICE ACCUMULATIONS FROM A TENTH TO A QUARTER OF
  AN INCH...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. 1 TO 2 INCHES
  OF SLEET OR SNOW IS POSSIBLE ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE FROM
  GENEVA TO TIFTON. ELSEWHERE SNOW AMOUNTS WILL RANGE FROM A
  TRACE TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH.

* MAIN IMPACT...ICY ROADS AND BRIDGES WILL MAKE DRIVING
  HAZARDOUS. EVEN SMALL AMOUNTS OF ICING CAN HAVE SIGNIFICANT
  IMPACTS TO TRAVEL IN THE DEEP SOUTH.

* OTHER IMPACTS...IF THERE IS MORE FREEZING RAIN THAN CURRENTLY
  EXPECTED...POWER OUTAGES COULD BECOME A CONCERN. TEMPERATURES
  WILL BE BELOW FREEZING TONIGHT AND NEAR FREEZING WEDNESDAY...
  WITH WIND CHILLS IN THE TEENS AND 20S.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE...SLEET...
OR SNOW ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY
HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

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