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Possible snow headed to region before holiday
Weather may impair Thanksgiving travel
Heavy rainfall is possible early this week with up to 3 or more inches of rain expected locally between Monday night and Wednesday afternoon. - photo by For the Dawson Community News

Helpful hints to help you brave the cold weather months

Being prepared

Check on elderly and disabled people living alone. Make sure they are prepared for winter conditions.

Stock up on non-alcoholic beverages like tea, coffee, hot chocolate and soup.

Maintain good nutrition and get plenty of rest.

Prepare your home

Have your furnace and wall heaters checked by a professional for safety.

Check all space heaters and keep them away from walls, curtains, and furniture.

If you have a gas heater or any gas appliances, invest in a carbon monoxide detector. (Carbon monoxide kills about 300 people in the U.S. every year.)

Replace the batteries in all of your smoke detectors and test the smoke alarms to make sure they work.

Check the batteries in your NOAA Weather Radio.

When using heat from a fireplace, wood stove, space heater or other apparatus, use fire safeguards and ventilate properly.

Close off unused rooms.

Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors.

Cover windows at night.

Cover exposed plumbing fixtures and pipes or leave dripping when temperatures drop below freezing.

Prepare a survival kit with supplies needed to survive for a minimum of three days, including bottled water, nonperishable foods for family and pets, sleeping bags or bedding, extra clothes, medicine, flashlights, a battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, and a manual can opener. For a complete list of item, click here.

Prepare your vehicle

Give your vehicle a maintenance check for tires, brakes, battery, heating and defrosting system and windshield wipers.

Keep your washer fluid full of a nonfreezing solution.

Change the antifreeze, if needed, to protect the engine and radiator from freezing in cold temperatures.

Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.

Pack and carry a winter storm survival kit, including: blankets or sleeping bags; additional warm clothing; a flashlight with extra batteries; first-aid kit; knife; high-calorie, non-perishable food such as candy bars; small can and water-proof matches to melt snow for drinking; bag of sand or cat litter; shovel; windshield scraper and brush; booster cables

If you must drive ...

Plan your travel.

Check the weather before leaving.

Know numbers to call and Web sites to check for road conditions.

Let someone know your timetable and routes.

Watch out for your pets

Make sure pets have plenty of food, water and shelter.

Move animals to sheltered areas when possible.

Haul extra feed to nearby feeding areas.

Have water available; many animals can die from dehydration in winter storms.

Sources: NOAA; Georgia Emergency Management Agency.


Area residents could get a taste of winter weather this holiday week.

High temperatures are expected to linger in the mid-40s or below for most of the week, with a chance for rain Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City. There's also a slight chance of snow from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday.

The weather agency has issued a "hazardous weather outlook" that says some parts of Northeast Georgia could get overnight light freezing rain and sleet Tuesday and Wednesday.

A mix of sleet and freezing rain is possible tonight, changing over to rain by mid- to late morning on Tuesday.

But later Tuesday, the precipitation could change to a rain and snow mix by late evening, changing to all snow at elevations above 1,500 feet by early Wednesday morning.

Low pressure developing in the northern Gulf of Mexico could be the culprit in the coming weather system.

It is expected to produce widespread precipitation in North and Middle Georgia tonight through Wednesday.

Some areas in North or Middle Georgia could get 1-3 inches, as "locally higher amounts will have the potential to create minor flooding," according to the weather service.

Temperatures, overnight and daytime, might stay between 35 and 40 degrees today and Tuesday, and both days will be marked by wind gusts - up to 20 mph Tuesday night.

The rain is expected to clear out Thursday morning, but chilly temperatures could remain.

Thanksgiving's forecast, as of Sunday evening, called for sunny skies and a high temperature near 45.

Sunny skies are expected to remain through the weekend, and the mercury also could rise, with a high of 51 predicted for Sunday.

Sunny skies are expected to remain through the weekend, and the mercury also could rise, with a high of 51 predicted for Sunday.