Alpharetta and Milton could have sleet and snow falling
starting mid-morning Tuesday, prompting the City of Alpharetta to issue a
winter weather advisory until Wednesday afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch
from 10 a.m. Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon. It forecasts a band of winter
weather that could produce sleet and snow accumulations of ½ inch to 2 inches
in the Alpharetta-Milton area. Snow is expected to begin as early as mid
morning Tuesday and last into Tuesday night.
Snow and ice covered roads will make travel difficult or
impossible Tuesday night into Wednesday. Ice accumulation on trees and power
lines may down large limbs and cause power outages.
The chance that this storm hits the area seems to be
The National Weather Service offers its advice on dealing
with the weather, including to be sure to buy non-perishable foods. Make
contingency plans if you plan on traveling during this period. If you can
change your travel, do so before the event starts. “Now is the time to plan.
Do not wait for the warning,” the National Weather Service advises.
The City of Alpharetta is encouraging residents to plan
ahead and take steps now to prepare.
- Monitor weather forecasts closely over the next 36 to 48
hours, as the situation continues to develop and change rapidly.
- Winterize water pipes and water heaters to avoid broken
lines and water damage.
- Heat all rooms with plumbing fixtures, particularly those
with plumbing on outside walls. Open
cabinet doors under sinks to let heat in.
This is no time to try to save a few pennies on your heating bill.
- Keeping a trickle of water running during extremely cold
times can help prevent pipes from freezing.
This is most effective with faucets that are farthest from the point where
the main water line enters the house or on outside walls.
- Locate the water cutoff valve to your house now so you can
find it quickly if a pipe does break.