Snow flurries are falling in Northeast Georgia this afternoon, but the real weather threat to come is the bone-chilling cold settling in tonight.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 10 p.m., as well as advisories for wind chill (through noon Thursday) and wind (7 p.m.).
Snow showers could continue off and on through tonight, with accumulations up to an inch possible. Driving conditions could worsen if snow gathers on roadways as temperatures drop well below freezing.
Wind chills could range from 5 above to 5 below zero in some areas. Temperatures won't rise above the mid-30s tonight and are forecast to plunge into the low teens tonight with gusty winds up to 30 mph.
Dawson County schools will be closed for students on Thursday, according to Superintendent Damon Gibbs. Staff should report at 10 a.m.
The new blast of winter weather hits as thousands in Dawson and surrounding counties still are without power from Monday's ice storm.
Dawson County will open a warming shelter today at Rock Creek Park, located at 445 Martin Road, Dawsonville.
The shelter will be open through 8 a.m. Friday.
"Our main concern for citizens now is to assist those who have been without power for an extended amount of time and provide them with a warm reprieve from the conditions," said County Manager Cindy Campbell. "I would also like to commend Dawson County Emergency Services personnel, who have worked around the clock to clear roads, render aid and meet the needs of our citizens."
The shelter will provide a warm, safe place to sleep, shower and rest.
A cot and blanket will be furnished.
No meals or personal items will be provided.
Those planning on using the shelter will be responsible for their own food, bathing supplies, personal items and any necessary prescription medications.
The shelter is for Dawson County residents only.
No animals other than service animals will be allowed.
For more information contact Dawson County Managers Office at (706) 344-3501 or Dawson County Park and Recreation at (706) 344-3646.