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Georgia governor declares state of emergency

ATLANTA (AP) — With memories of thousands of vehicles gridlocked for hours on icy metro Atlanta highways fresh in their minds, emergency officials and elected leaders in north Georgia are preparing for another round of winter weather, with the governor declaring a state of emergency.
Gov. Nathan Deal says on Twitter that he’s declared a weather-related state of emergency for 14 counties. He said in this morning’s tweets that he’ll expand the declaration as necessary. Deal was criticized for his response to the Jan. 28 storm that paralyzed the area, stranding motorists in vehicles overnight.
He’s scheduled a news conference for noon today.
The National Weather Service forecasts that rain tonight will change to snow by Tuesday morning, likely mixing with sleet during the day. Snow is expected from Tuesday night to Thursday morning.

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