Winter weather possible Thursday night

8:18 PM, Feb 6, 2014   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- While the threat of snow was small, the officials in Georgia vowed that whatever happened, it would not be a repeat of last week's storms that paralyzed the area.

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In fact, the Georgia Department of Transportation ran a message board proclaiming a Winter Storm Watch early Thursday, but later removed the warning. The National Weather Service has not issued any watches or warnings.

GDOT released a statement about the sign mistakes later Thursday, saying, "In our desire to proactively inform the traveling public of potential hazardous road conditions, we overreacted to a weather statement from the National Weather Service and incorrectly posted watch and warning messages on our overhead message signs from 10:30 Wednesday night until 5:30 Thursday morning. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. We removed the signs this morning and will post additional information once we are closer to the time of a storm and have current and confirmed information."

Experts predict Thursday's event will start as rain and may change to snow as the day progresses. Temperatures will remain below freezing into Friday morning, which could lead to black ice forming on metro Atlanta's roads.

The temperature is not supposed to rise above freezing until about 10 a.m. Friday, the National Weather Service said. The agency described Thursday's potential severe weather as "a rapidly evolving winter weather event with the scope remaining uncertain."

Even though he's not responsible for the whole metro area, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed also made it clear today that he doesn't want a repeat of last week's national embarrassment.

"We're doing everything that we can to make sure that we're well coordinated, fully prepared to get people out of the city in a safe fashion," Reed said.

Falcons President Rich McKay admitted last week's paralysis will have to be explained when they soon compete to get another Super Bowl in their new stadium.

"One thing it will require is for us to explain, as the mayor and the governor have done a pretty good job of, what our go forward is and what our plans are to deal with the issues we had," McKay said.

Fulton County Schools sent out a robocall on Thursday afternoon telling parents they were ready for any possible weather. Cherokee County School

FORECAST | See more of Friday's forecast from 11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil

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