Update Thurs., Jan. 18: Fayette and Coweta schools will be closed on Friday, Jan. 19.
Update: Schools in Fayette and Coweta counties will also be closed on Thursday, Jan. 18.
Original story: Schools in Fayette and Coweta counties will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 17 in anticipation of an expected winter weather event which will likely include dangerous wind chill temperatures.
Officials in both school districts made the call early Tuesday night.
Parents should monitor the Fayette County School System website at www.fcboe.org for additional information and for updates on the status of classes on Thursday.
The Coweta County School System will continue to monitor weather and travel conditions in Coweta County, to make a determination regarding school operations on Thursday, Jan. 18. Parents are encouraged to stay abreast of weather conditions, and to continue to monitor the school system’s website at www.cowetaschools.net for updates.
An overview from the National Weather Service (NWS) at 4 p.m. on Tuesday provided by Coweta County Emergency Management Agency Director Jay Jones indicates that a strong cold front is currently entering northwest Georgia and will continue to cross much of north and central Georgia tonight.
Temperatures behind the front across northern Alabama and parts of southern Tennessee have already dropped into the 20s (as of 4 p.m.). A band of light snow behind the cold front will move southeast across the area tonight into early Wednesday morning. At the onset of precipitation this evening, a brief period of light rain or mix of rain, sleet and snow is possible before the colder air rushes in and changes everything to all snow.
NWS is indicating dangerous wind chills late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning of 5 degrees or lower.