There is a currently a wind advisory in effect until seven o’clock tonight with winds west to northwest at 20 to 25 miles per hour and gusting to 30 to 35 miles per hour. Winds this strong can make driving difficult for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution. Unsecured outdoor items such as trash cans and lawn furniture may be blown around. These winds could also bring down trees and large limbs, especially for trees that still have a coating of ice from the recent winter storm.

Beginning at seven o’clock tonight through noon tomorrow, there is a wind chill advisory in North Georgia from Rome to Canton to Cumming. Winds from the northwest at 15 to 25 miles per hour with higher gusts will drop temperatures to 10 to 15 degrees by sunrise. The wind chill readings show between five and negative five degrees.

Outdoor activities will be impacted by bitterly cold wind chills. This can result in frost bite and could lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors, make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

On top of that, there will be a winter storm watch in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. Significant snow, sleet, and ice accumulations that may impact travel are possible. Now is the time to prepare for this winter storm. Be sure to buy non-perishable foods. Make contingency plans if you plan on traveling during this period. If you can change your travel plans, do so before the event starts. Now is the time to plan. Do not wait for the warning.