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Winter storm watch in effect for Hall area on Tuesday; rain likely, possibly snow
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Gainesville can expect up to one inch of snow Tuesday, according to Adam Baker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Peachtree City office.

Black ice is possible across north and central Georgia, Baker said.

The National Weather Service’s forecast predicts rain and snow, mostly before 2 p.m., with the temperature falling to about 32 degrees by 5 p.m. Cold temperatures will continue Tuesday night, with an overnight low of 21 degrees.

Gainesville is on the edge of the area that the National Weather Service forecasts could receive up to an inch of snow. Most of east Hall is not included in that area.

City of Gainesville and Hall County schools and offices will be closed Tuesday, officials said Monday afternoon.

A winter weather advisory was issued for Hall and several other metro Atlanta counties for 3 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Officials are encouraging people to be cautious and avoid driving if possible.

"We encourage motorists to stay off the road on Tuesday evening, even if it doesn't snow. There may be patches of black ice due to the sub-freezing temperatures," Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish said in a statement.

Casey Ramsey, Hall County’s interim director of emergency management, said at a weather briefing Monday that the county’s Emergency Operations Center would be staffed Tuesday.

Residents can sign up for the county’s alert system on

Gov. Brian Kemp announced closures for state offices Tuesday in 35 counties, including Hall, Dawson and Forsyth. State agencies, including the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Georgia Department of Transportation and Georgia State Patrol are monitoring weather conditions and are prepared to respond, Kemp said at a Monday morning press conference.

Lakeview Academy, Brenau University’s Gainesville, Fairburn and Norcross campuses, all University of North Georgia campuses and all campuses of Lanier Technical College will be closed Tuesday.

The 2 p.m. Lula City Council meeting set for Tuesday will be rescheduled.

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