Wind chill could reach minus nine degrees in Cobb County this p.m. and overnight

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A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for Cobb County and other nearby counties, in effect between 11 p.m. Friday, January 19, and 11 a.m. Saturday.

What is in the statement?

The statement gives the following details:

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of North and Central Georgia.

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight…


Patchy freezing drizzle is possible through 7 AM over portions of

far northern Georgia. A Winter Weather Advisory remain in place

for the affected counties through 7 AM.

A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for much of north and central

GA tonight. Wind chills near zero to 9 below zero are possible.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Saturday through Thursday…

A Wind Chill Advisory will continue until 11 AM Saturday morning.

A second Wind Chill Advisory will likely be needed for much of

north and central GA for overnight Saturday into Sunday morning as

the dangerously cold conditions continue.

What counties are affected?

The following counties are included in the hazardous weather outlook:

Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Murray, North Fulton, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Rockdale, South Fulton, Spalding, Whitfield

Including the following cities:

Atlanta, Calhoun, Carrollton, Cartersville, Conyers, Decatur, Douglasville, East Point, Gainesville, Griffin, Lawrenceville, Marietta, Newnan, Peachtree City, Rome

What is wind chill?

The National Weather Service defines wind chill as follows:

The wind chill temperature is how cold people and animals feel when outside. Wind chill is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by wind and cold. As the wind increases, it draws heat from the body, driving down skin temperature and eventually the internal body temperature.

The following chart from the National Weather Service matches wind speed with air temperature to give an approximation of what the temperature feels like.

About the National Weather Service

The National Weather Service (NWS) is a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The NWS describes its role as follows:

“The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, water, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. 

“These services include Forecasts and Observations, Warnings, Impact-based Decision Support Services, and Education in an effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation. The ultimate goal is to have a society that is prepared for and responds to weather, water and climate events.”

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