Gov. Deal Adds 6 More Counties For State Of Emergency

Jan 21, 2016

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has added six counties to the state of emergency ahead of snow and ice expected in the upcoming days.

Deal announced Thursday that Hall, Banks, Franklin, Rabun, Stephens and Hart counties will joined 15 other north Georgia counties that are under a state of emergency. The governor says the executive order extends until Sunday midnight and frees up state employees and equipment to respond to the wintry weather.

The order also covers Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Chattooga, Whitfield, Murray, Gordon, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin and White counties.

The National Weather Service says freezing rain in Georgia's northern counties is expected to begin between 1-7 a.m. Friday.

Forecasters say up to a quarter inch of ice is expected to accumulate in parts of north Georgia.