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Ice Storm Warning and Winter Storm Warning in effect until 1 p.m. Thursday

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An Ice Storm Warning and a Winter Storm Warning remain in effect in parts of Georgia.

An Ice Storm Warning has been issued for areas along and south of a line from Carroll county to Douglas to south Fulton to Rockdale to Barrow to Jackson county and all areas south until Thursday at 1 p..

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for all areas north of that line listed above until Thursday at 1 p.m. 

Both are expected to have dreadful weather. The main difference is the amount. Counties in the Winter Storm Warning will expect to see a lot of snow with a little bit of ice. Counties in the Ice Storm Warning are expected to get a lot of ice, with just a little bit of snow.

By Wednesday afternoon, some areas in the metro Atlanta area had already reported getting .25 to .5 inches of ice. Up to an inch has been forecast in areas east of Atlanta. 

The ice had caused more than 100,000 Georgia Power customers to lose power by Wednesday afternoon. Click here to report an outage and see an outage map from Georgia Power. 

In their advisory on Tuesday, the National Weather Service called this a potentially "catastrophic event." 

"These high ice accumulation amounts will make travel impossible," the advisory says. "Widespread and extended power outages are likely as ice accumulates on trees and power lines and brings them down. Please be prepared to be without power in some locations for days and perhaps as long as a week. Once the ice begins to melt on Thursday and Friday, falling ice from bridges and overpasses will create an additional hazard."

There were some breaks in the precipitation on Wednesday afternoon, which could help bring the ice totals down, 11Alive's Chesley McNeil reports. Another batch of storms is expected to move in later in the day, bringing more ice and snow to some areas.

The Freezing rain is forecast to continue throughout the day Wednesday and then taper off as snow Wednesday evening. Then, all precipitation moves out by rush hour Thursday morning. 

High temperatures will get above freezing in most spots Thursday afternoon, which will help to melt some of the snow/ice, but not all of it. The remainder should melt Friday as sunshine and highs in the low 50s return.

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