Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Key updates from Emergency Management Director Tim Herrington on freeze warning, closed roads, flooding.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Key updates from Emergency Management Director Tim Herrington on freeze warning, closed roads, flooding.

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Oostanaula River at Rome

THE LATEST

From Tim Herrington, Floyd County Emergency Management: “I just wanted to give you a quick weather update. Tonight from 6 p.m. until 11 a.m. Wednesday, we will be under a freeze warning with temperatures expected to fall between 22-25 degrees overnight. Take time to fill your vehicle with gas and ensure your vehicle is operating properly before it gets really cold after sunset.

If you have outside pets please remember to ensure their needs are met as the temperatures fall below freezing.

If you have children riding the school buses in the morning, ensure they dress warmly in layers to maintain core body temperature as they catch the buses in the morning. Please plan on allowing yourself extra time in morning to warm up your vehicles before leaving for work in the morning as well. Please share this information with your employees, staff, families, and friends to ensure they remain weather aware of the current forecast for the Northwest Georgia area.

Roads: Currently we have a few roads in the county that are still closed They are as follows: Thomas Bluff Road and Old River Road.

Carters Dam: The release of water from the Carters Lake Dam started yesterday with only one road in Gordon County being affected and none reported in Floyd County thus far. We will continue to monitor the rivers and creek levels locally and remain in constant contact with the Corp of Engineers throughout the release process this week.

Freeze warning, 6 tonight through 11 a..m Wednesday. 

RIVERS AND FLOODING

Carters Dam update from U.S. Army Corp of Engineers: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District’s project site at Carters Lake is releasing normal, high-flow water on the Coosawatte River through the Carters Reregulation Dam, due to the main reservoir’s high water level. The current water level at Carters Dam, as of March 4, is 1099.6 feet above mean sea level (MSL). A normal water level is approximately 1072 MSL. “Water releases are currently at approximately 5,000 cubic feet per second, according to James Hathorn, chief of water management for USACE Mobile District. “No significant impacts are anticipated downstream with current releases.”

  • Local experts are watching the release for potential impact on already-flood waterways in Floyd and Gordon counties.
Flood warnings:

Coosa River at Plant Hammond. 574.3 feet and steadying. Flood stage: 570 feet.

Coosa River at Lock and Dam Park. 25.2 feet and falling. Flood stage: 24 feet.

Oostanaula River, Calhoun. 20.6 feet and rising. Flood stage: 21 feet.

For additional flood reports and latest updates: Flood watch

OUTLOOK

Abnormally cold temperatures are expected through Thursday morning, with the coldest being Wednesday as most areas should reach the low to mid 20s. Such sub freezing temps could be of concern with some exposed vegetation or crops. Some more widespread rainfall could return to the area for late Saturday into Sunday and thunderstorms cannot be ruled out especially with a possible cold front on Sunday. Uncertainty exists with the strength of this system being far out in the forecast, so please monitor updates.

FORECAST

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 42. North wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tuesday Night: Clear, with a low around 22. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 46. North wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 26. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.

Thursday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

Friday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 56. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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