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Posted: 11:58 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

Iced trees pose storm danger



By Rhonda Cook

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The end is in sight but the danger of trees falling under the weight of ice is increasing.

“Don’t let the kids play outside near the trees,” said Keith Stellman, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service at Peachtree City.

“Trees are at a point right now… that any more ice is going to bring them down.”

Stellman said power crews were getting around “because nobody’s on the roads.”

Power outages are expected to equal – or exceed – the numbers that lost electricity in 2011.

There will be breaks in the storm for a few hours later today but Stellman warned that there was still more to come.

The North Georgia mountains could see another four to six inches of snow by tomorrow morning and Atlanta will get another one to three inches though there may be a shift from freezing rain to snow.

Winds will continue to be high, with gusts up to 30 to 35 mph around Atlanta.

“We’ll see the impact of this start to wane” late Thursday morning, Stellman said.

There could be some melting Thursday afternoon as temperatures get into the 40s, temperatures. But Thursday night will again be below freezing and the roads could have ice again.

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