Gov. Brian Kemp declares state of emergency ahead of winter storm in North Georgia

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Gov. Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency ahead of a winter storm that is moving across north central and northeast Georgia on Saturday evening and Sunday. All counties north of Interstate 20 are included.

The National Weather Service put out a Winter Storm Watch starting Saturday night. It is predicting heavy sleet, two-to-four inches of snow in some areas, wind gusts of up to 35 mph and black ice. Power outages are considered likely, according to the National Weather Service. Most of the storm's impact is expected to take place north of LaGrange and east of Macon, according to an NWS Atlanta special weather briefing posted on Twitter.

Kemp's emergency declaration calls for up to 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops to be called to active duty as needed and prohibits price gouging. The declaration takes effect Saturday, Jan. 15, at 11:59 p.m. and includes Burke, Clarke, Columbia, Jackson, Jefferson, Jenkins, Madison, McDuffie, Ogelthorpe, Richmond, Screven, Taliaferro, Warren, Washington and others.

This article originally appeared on Augusta Chronicle: Gov. Brian Kemp declares state of emergency ahead of GA winter storm

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