Iced-in Wednesday ahead for Fayette, Coweta

UPDATED 8:25 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 — It’s official: Wednesday will be icy — up to nearly a half-inch of ice on trees, parked cars and roads in Fayette and Coweta counties, the National Weather Service Office in Peachtree City says in issuing a winter storm warning.

The hour-by-hour graphical forecast predicts that the temperature dips below freezing around 5 a.m. Wednesday and stays there for at least the next 24 hours, the NWS says. That means liquid water turns to ice and there will be no melting until Thursday.

A day-long freezing rain could cause trouble for electrical power lines as ice-loaded tree limbs fall across live wires. Everyone should be prepared to lose power for an extended period Wednesday and Thursday, the NWS says.

Here’s the Peachtree City area forecast as of 8 a.m. Tuesday:

Today, rain. High near 38. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight, rain likely before 11 p.m., then rain and sleet between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., then rain or freezing rain after 3 a.m. Low around 31. Northeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Wednesday, freezing rain before 4 p.m., then rain or freezing rain. High near 33. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of 0.2 to 0.4 of an inch possible.

Wednesday night, rain or freezing rain before 10 p.m., then snow likely. Low around 29. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Thursday, a 10 percent chance of snow before 7 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

Thursday night, mostly clear, with a low around 27.

Friday, partly sunny, with a high near 55.

Here’s the winter storm warning issued at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning by the NWS:

Winter storm warning in effect from 7 p.m. this evening to 7 a.m. EST Thursday.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a winter storm warning for ice which is in effect from 7 p.m. this evening to 7 a.m. EST Thursday. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect. The main impacts from this are expected Wednesday and Wednesday night.

• Locations — along and north of a line from LaGrange to Perry to Dublin to Swainsboro.

• Hazard types — mainly freezing rain with some snow.

• Accumulations — a quarter to three quarters of an inch of ice with locally higher amounts. The higher amounts are expected to be across the eastern part of the state. Snowfall amounts of up to around an inch and a half are possible mostly in the northern part of central Georgia.

• Timing — freezing rain will begin tonight generally after midnight and continue into Wednesday. Some of the southern areas may see a brief change over to rain. This will transition to snow late Wednesday night.

• Impacts — these high ice accumulation amounts will make travel impossible. This has the potential to be a catastrophic event. Widespread power outages are possible as ice accumulates on trees and power lines and brings them down.

• Winds — northeast 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

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Previous online stories —

UPDATED 11:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 — The forecast for Fayette and Coweta counties is for a rainy Tuesday but an icy Wednesday.

Exposed surfaces might be coated with a third of an inch of ice on Wednesday before melting begins Thursday, according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office at Falcon Field in Peachtree City.

The NWS is predicting “a mix of freezing rain and sleet with freezing rain being the predominant precipitation type ... [with] significant ice accumulations up to a quarter or a third of an inch of ice” for the Peachtree City area.

When? “Beginning Tuesday evening across north Georgia and then spreading into central Georgia after midnight Tuesday night,” the NWS says. “Freezing rain will continue through the day on Wednesday occasionally changing over to rain before ending as a period of light snow early Thursday morning.”

The hour-by-hour graphical forecast predicts freezing temperatures beginning around 8 a.m. Wednesday. The thermometer breaks into melt territory by 10 a.m. Thursday.

Here’s the Peachtree City forecast:

Overnight, rain. Low around 37. North wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday, rain. High near 38. East wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday night, rain and sleet before 4 a.m., then rain between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., then rain and sleet after 5 a.m. Low around 32. East wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Wednesday, rain, freezing rain, and sleet before 7 a.m., then rain or freezing rain between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., then freezing rain after 8 a.m. High near 34. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Wednesday night, snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely before 10 p.m., then a chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday, mostly sunny, with a high near 47.

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UPDATED 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2014 — Icy roads and severely restricted travel on Wednesday are more likely with the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City.

The hour-by-hour graphical temperature forecast chart predicts air temperatures will remain above the freezing mark of 32 degrees until just past sunup Wednesday morning, which decreases the chances of widespread icing in Fayette and Coweta counties until Wednesday.

Here’s the Tuesday mid-afternoon forecast for Fayette and Coweta counties:

Tonight, rain, mainly after 3 a.m. Low around 37. North wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday, rain. High near 38. North wind around 5 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday night, rain and sleet before 4 a.m., then rain between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., then rain and sleet after 5 a.m. Low around 32. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Wednesday, rain, freezing rain, and sleet before 7 a.m., then rain or freezing rain between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., then freezing rain after 8 a.m. High near 34. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Wednesday night, snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely before 10 p.m., then a chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

As of 2:25 p.m. winter storm watch remains in effect from Tuesday evening through Thursday morning

• Locations — North and much of central Georgia along and north of a line from Hamilton to Warner Robins to Louisville.

• Hazard types — A mix of freezing rain and sleet with freezing rain being the predominant precipitation type.

• Accumulations — Significant ice accumulations up to a quarter or a third of an inch of ice.

• Timing — Beginning Tuesday evening across north Georgia and then spreading into central Georgia after midnight Tuesday night. Freezing rain will continue through the day on Wednesday occasionally changing over to rain before ending as a period of light snow early Thursday morning.

• Impacts — Ice that accumulates on roads bridges and overpasses will make travel treacherous or impossible. Ice that accumulates on trees and powerlines could bring down large tree limbs and cause power outages.

• Winds — Northeast 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

• Temperatures — in the mid 30s.

• Uncertainty — There is still some uncertainty in the forecast for Wednesday into Thursday but confidence is increasing in the potential for a significant winter storm. Folks across north and central Georgia should monitor this situation closely in the event that the watch is upgraded to an advisory or warning.

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Fayette and Coweta residents should prepare for icy roads by mid-week as a second blast of wintry weather will bring rain, freezing rain and some snow to the area, according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office at Falcon Field in Peachtree City.

The worst of it looks like Wednesday, beginning after midnight as the temperature drops below freezing by 3 a.m. Wednesday and continues below the ice point until 1 p.m. that afternoon.

The good news — according to the NWS graphical prediction chart for the Peachtree City area — is that temperatures will remain above freezing from now until early Wednesday morning, making any accumulation of snow or ice unlikely until that time.

Here’s the local forecast as of 9 Monday morning:

Today, scattered sprinkles before 11 a.m., then a slight chance of rain after 4 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 52. Northwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight, rain, mainly after 1 a.m. Low around 36. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday, rain. High near 38. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday night, rain. Low around 30. East wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Wednesday, rain or freezing rain before 4 p.m., then sleet. High near 35. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday night, rain likely before 11 p.m., then a chance of rain or freezing rain between 11 p.m. and midnight, then a chance of snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday, a 30 percent chance of snow before 8 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.

Here’s the 4:20 a.m. Monday winter weather watch issued by the NWS in Peachtree City:

Winter storm watch now in effect from Tuesday evening through Thursday morning —

• Locations — north and much of central Georgia along and north of a line from Hamilton to Warner Robins to Louisville.

• Hazard types — a mix of freezing rain and sleet with freezing rain being the predominant precipitation type.

• Accumulations — a quarter to possibly a half inch of ice, with a trace of snow.

• Timing — beginning Tuesday evening across north Georgia and then spreading into central Georgia after midnight Tuesday night. Freezing rain will continue through the day on Wednesday, occasionally changing over to rain before ending as a period of light snow early Thursday morning.

• Impacts — ice that accumulates on roads, bridges and overpasses will make travel treacherous or impossible. Ice that accumulates on trees and powerlines could bring down large tree limbs and cause power outages.

• Winds — northeast 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

• Temperatures — in the lower to mid 30s.

• Uncertainty — there is still some uncertainty in the forecast for Wednesday into Thursday but confidence is increasing in the potential for a significant winter storm. Folks across north and central Georgia should monitor this situation closely in the event that the watch is upgraded to an advisory or warning.

Precautionary/preparedness actions — winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts. Now is the time to prepare for this winter storm. Be sure to buy non-perishable foods. Make contingency plans if you plan on traveling during this period. If you can change your travel plans, do so before the event starts. Now is the time to plan. Do not wait for the warning!

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WLV & The Citizen

Are you just totally unaware of current weather conditions or just someonewho wants to whine about a free publication? If you rely purely on printed matter for decision making about activities, then you need help from the medical community not the journalism community.

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Wow, thanks "the Citizen" for delivering yet another copy of your useless paper at 4PM on Thursday with the headline that schools would be closed Wednesday and today. What insight. While you are at it, please let me know your stock market predictions for 2/12 and 2/13.

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My crystal ball and weather radar system tells me you lost your coronnies on those two days day trading, now you whine complain and look for someone to blame. If you had a tad of intelligence you would know there were unsafe condition in the area, but no you a a professional complainer, and could not read the Citizen on line. Oh I am sorry, did you say you lost so much in the market that you had to revert to Kmart dial up. I will give you a stock tip, invest in Government Aid..harumph!

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refund from your paid subscription. I pay a year in advance for delivery of my AJC and did not receive one on Tuesday, Wednesday and finally found one about 4 pm this afternoon---but hey, I was able to learn what was happening in my area by going to this site on line and reading the news.

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The Citizen does a great job. You contribute nothing. Go away, dork

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Thanks to Cal Beverly and

the staff and delivery people for continuing to make sure we have as much information as they can provide to help be informed about our world here in Fayette County (part of Coweta, too). The logistics of getting this paper onto our driveways the last few days must have been a huge task and the fact that the ownership still was able to get it done, even a day late, speaks volumes about their commitment to the readers, advertisers and critics.

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Amen to that MLC--we can always depend on TheCitizen.

Mr. & Mrs. Beverly and their staff deserve our thanks and appreciation.

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I also appreciate this paper and website

Some folks just weren't raised right....complaining about a free paper, what a simpleminded person.

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The day after….

Well at least the snow is pretty.

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10:37 am Thursday, Sun just came out! Took me a minute to

realize what it was! Have been on a roller coaster with the electric it's on, it's off, it's on it's off---it has been on steadily for about the last hour. Trying to get everything done that requires electricity while it is on. Finally gave up last night and piled into bed under all the covers and used the Explorer Lantern to read. Have two of them and they have a radio and siren and of course a good flashlight. Guess we are lucky when you see what others are going through. Keep hearing "things" sliding down off my roof--hope it is snow and not shingles!! Not going out to check that is for sure. If I broke a leg they would have to shoot me to put me out of my misery and am not ready to go yet! Keep warm and kee thinking good thoughts--and remember you could have been on a cruise ship that broke down!!!

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MYTMITE - Cruise Ship

Just don't eat the food.

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Yes, here comes the sun

the ice is melting on the bushes..and the tree branches on the ground.

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Shared the beauty

With Southdrn California friends and relatives. In LA, we went to Big Bear - here, we just open the door or look out the window! Love it!

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Southern California Snow

I remember when it snowed over Long Beach. I was about 4,000 up in my niffty little flying machine.

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Snow in LA

I remember rather recently (within the last 20 years) getting 'snow' at the base of the Altadena 'hills'. Greatful that I can enjoy the scenery without worrying about 'going to work'. The sun rays paint beautiful pictures after a 'storm'. (And I don't have to leave the comfort of my house to enjoy! A blessing.

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I remember the 1949 Burbank snowstorm. I missed kindergarten at Joaquin Miller elementary

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Power out again in Spyglass and back on after about an hour..

Seems to take out Fishers Bank and surrounding too, was out last night from around 8 or so to 1 AM...went back out at 8 this morning...

1 tree down so far in my yard...

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Hey Davids mom....

Don't you miss that Southern California weather?

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Really do! But spring is just around the corner!

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Power is out

McIntosh Corner in PTC has been out since 0724. See outage.utility.org
for updates (EMC) customers....

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Power back on!

in McIntosh Corner for now...2nd, 3rd, 4th, waves coming

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ps0kmm - Excellent.

Having power is good thing.

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Still no power since 8am

EMC is really leaving the Fayette County folks in the cold..Best purchase ..$20 power inverters so we can keep our laptops charged..but they won't run the coffe maker :(...Went to waffle house this morning was a zoo. Hubby watching Season 2 of My Name is Earl on DVD. I called Sprint and got a hot spot on my phone until Saturday..will cost about $7 and I have internet now.

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rmoc

I'm in PTC and my power went out about 15 minutes ago-sounded like my tv blew up. By the time I bumped into everything in the pitch black while looking for the flashlight, it came back on.
I'm sorry it's taking so long for you. Take care and keep in touch if you can.

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PTC PD has reported

power lines down at Hwy 54/74 intersection and it is closed. They also said roads are worse than earlier, as temperatures have dropped. They are imploring everyone to stay home.

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Also out at Spyglass

Gas logs are keeping it warm enough.

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Powers out

Powers out for me. Looking like a long day

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H&F and Spy and ps0kmm

Did you get your power back yet? Never mind, stupid question here.

A notification from the PD at 8:57AM said Robinson in the area of Spear Rd. is closed due to trees down on power lines.

30% of EMC customers in Fayette County are without power right now.

Meriweather, Troup and Heard County have 80% to 90% of customers without power. Fulton, 51% without power and Coweta 6%.

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Got it back

Half hr ago

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Haven't lost power

but I don't question the wisdom of a guy I work with who bought a 6-burner wood stove a few months ago(they are being heavily EPA-regulated these days and a lot of companies have stopped selling them) and several loads of wood.

I'm watching my neighbor's yard across the street because he has a leaning 40ft pine tree pointed right at his next door neighbor's house. The limbs are already frozen and sagging.......may not be pretty.

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Haven't lost power either....

But, we have had several flickers like it was about to go. Plus, a transformer one street over made several loud booms and was sparking like crazy. So, it may not be long....

Also, already lost numerous huge limbs from my unwanted crop of pine trees. One of them woke me up at 5:20 hitting the fence right by the master bedroom and doing some damage. I knew with it starting that early that this could very well be a long few days....

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Nuk - Power

Lost power for about two and half hours. Just came back on.

Pine trees and ice storms.....not a good combination.

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Still out in Spyglass Sub...just came on..:)

Still warm enough....1126 am

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Cy-How you

be? Someplace warm and sunny, I hope. We could stand to hear about warm and sunny for the next few days. I sure could!

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Hey moe

My schedule had me going back to Wilson, North Carolina today; but, once again weather interfered with that. So like most everyone else, I'm at home. I gave up an opportunity to go to Guangzhou, China and Tel Aviv, Israel to a junior member of my team. So next it's LA and Miami for me.

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Cy - LA

Out in LA until Friday night it's foggy at night but sunny days here. I delayed my trip back just to stay in the sun vs. the ice.

Stay warm pal.

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Make sure you bring some of that warmer weather with you.

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Cy-I would

Take a guess that your esposa is happy you are home for this mess coming up. LA and Miami sound like good places to go soon. This winter can't get over fast enough for me now. Mother Nature can just move herself up north and cool her jets (sorry) starting tonight.

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moe,

The boss…..oh, she's leaving for Las Vegas on Friday….so she thinks.

It will not be long till I get the trailer ready for Destin. I'm already envisioning myself out in that warm gulf water playing with those pesky fish.

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Cy-Sounds

like an infectious case of spring fever is hitting Fayette County. May we all recover....in about 2 months or sooner..hey, Tom Bodett said tonight I can leave the light on, just for little old me. lol

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moe,

We need to do the Twisted Taco thingy when the weather clears. I'll see if we can get Gym, Rolling Stone, Hutch, MYTMIGHT and anyone else to join us.

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Hi, Cy, glad to hear you are safe and at home. Have been

checking but not posting much since my return from sunny FL. A get together sounds good--have not been able to make the last couple but not because I wasn't pining for my Bloggin' Buddies--sometime life just happens and it ain't always what you want it to be. Lost my power for about 3-4 hours this am--came back on about 11:40. We are such creature of habit- reached for those light switches about twenty times! Kudos for EMC for getting us back in business. Take care---

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Hey MYTMITE

Stay warm!!!

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Cy-I know

I pooped out on the last one. If I can get my sorry arse out of this big old recliner and tape my keyboard fingers together long enough it sounds like a plan. However, at lease 60 degrees and a hint of el sol would be necessary for me to accomplish this feat. Yes, some nice people you mention there. Sounds like a plan. Of course, it will entail me bringing my new shiny gold medal from Soshi (or is that sushi?) to just brag about ad nauseum.

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Speaking of sushi

or is that Soshi, since when has anyone had pink eye as bad as Bob Costas has it? Tonight they said it moved to the other eye and his 22 year non-stop broadcast record at the Olympics is over.
What exactly did those ruuskies put in his shower water? Don't answer that, please. I think Janet Napolitano should put her recently retired skills to work on solving that case, instead of doing vodkas jello shots with the local lezbos while she is still over there.

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Peachtree City golf carts

There is no reason for anyone in PTC to be out on a golf cart till after all of this is over and any snow/ice is melted. I saw many out on the subdivision roads and heard of more than one that was on the paths and one that tipped over while out two weeks ago. This is a waste of our city resources if you do need help or heaven forbid get in accident while on one. This is a stay at home storm, from the predictions, not a go play outside storm.

Spy, if I see a cart, I will know it is you. You are a special case, no doubt about it.

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Dear Kay Fulp

Please read the above story.

Thanks.