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Video: Sleet in Rabun County

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ATLANTA -- As freezing rain and sleet falls across portions of North Georgia, motorists are advised to exercise caution on overpasses and elevated surfaces.

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The Georgia District of Transportation says bridges along interstates and secondary roads in Hall County are starting to ice over. Other areas are seeing patches of ice develop with temperatures continuing to hover around freezing.

Authorities in Towns County advise that travel on roads there is all but impossible due to the amount of ice on roadways. Motorists in that county are advised not to drive at all. 

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for portions of North Georgia for Friday. The remainder of the northern half of the state is under a Freezing Rain Advisory.

The Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Hall, Lumpkin, Pickens, Towns, Union and White counties.

The Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. for Banks, Jackson, Madison, Polk, Paulding, Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Wilkes, Haralson, Carroll, Douglas, DeKalb, Rockdale, Walton, Newton, Morgan, Greene, Taliaferrro, Heard, Coweta, Fayette, Clayton, Spalding, Henry, Butts, Jasper and Putnam counties.

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Freezing rain and ice accumulations of up to a quarter inch are possible all day in north Georgia from Hall County up to Towns, Union and Fannin counties, according to the National Weather Service. 

Up to a quarter of inch of ice is also possible through early Friday afternoon in Northwest Georgia, including Floyd, Bartow and Cherokee counties. 

A tenth of an inch of accumulation is possible through early Friday afternoon for the rest of metro Atlanta down to Coweta, Spalding, Butts and Jasper counties. 

11Alive Chief Meteorologist Mike Francis says temperatures are expected to start around 30 in the morning, and warm to near 40 by late afternoon.

Stay with 11Alive and 11Alive.com for updates, along with any additional weather advisories, and any delays or closings.

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