The NWS hazardous weather outlook for Bartow and other northwest Georgia counties predicts cold wind chills this morning ranging from zero to 10 degrees. The northwest, north central and northeast parts of the state have a chance for light snow accumulation, according to the outlook.
Bartow County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Cuprowski said he had sat in on a one-hour webinar with the NWS, saying they are updating every six hours. He said any snow expected for the area is just “a dusting to half an inch.”
“If it does come down, maybe a breeze will blow it off to the side [of the roadways],” Cuprowski said.
Of bigger concern, he said, are the freezing temperatures predicted to last for two days. He believed the low temperatures could cause issues with area roads.
In a press release responding to the cold weather, the Bartow County School System thanked its bus drivers for continuing to do their job in the cold temperatures.
“Our bus drivers have done a phenomenal job at keeping up on these cold mornings. They do what they need to do plus the office staff and the mechanics work hard to keep things running smoothly,” said Jody Elrod, director of transportation, in the release. “Our goal is to limit as much time as possible where kids are standing out in the cold. We want our buses to be on time.”
According to the release, county buses run 146 routes and drive an average of 8,056 miles per day. To ensure their buses start in the cold, drivers are now beginning 30 minutes earlier. The school system also uses a fuel additive to keep moisture out of the diesel fuel and prevent it from gelling in cold weather.
“When school was out on Jan. 7, we used that day to go around and replace several batteries that were weak and had a hard time running,” Elrod said. “I think that was a big help in keeping us up and running during these cold temperatures.”