Courtesy CBS46
Courtesy CBS46

Metro Atlanta is under a winter weather advisory  snow and ice from 3 p.m. on Friday until 7 p.m. on Saturday. While the North Georgia mountains could pick up several inches of the white stuff, metro Atlanta could see a dusting to less than an inch. Icy patches on roads and bridges are possible Intown, so be sure to stay tuned to CB46 or your favorite local weather channel for more updates.

Regardless of accumulation, Atlanta and the state aren’t planning to be caught out again like on Jan. 28, 2014 when the metro ground to a halt as “Snowpocalypse” (two inches of snow, but we aren’t used to it so sayeth the pundits) swept in and stranded workers and students overnight in cars, buses, schools and local businesses.

In preparation for Friday’s predicted winter weather, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is encouraging motorists to use today to check their cars for safety and maintenance. Check the infographic below for tips.

“Today is a good day to walk around your car,” GOHS Director Harris Blackwood said. “Look at your tires. Make sure all of your lights work. Check the condition of your windshield wipers. All of these actions can help keep you safe in the event you encounter inclement weather or dangerous road conditions while driving.”

Of equal importance, Blackwood said, is to get under the hood of your car and check fluid levels…coolant, oil, transmission and especially windshield wiper fluid.

“Washer fluid that is rated for winter can help clear windows of snow or ice,” Blackwood said. “Make sure you use fluid that is rated for sub-freezing weather and whatever you do, don’t pour boiling water on a frozen windshield.”

For those who may not be familiar with all of the checkpoints of their car, the owner’s manual can provide much needed information.

“Waiting until tomorrow will limit your time to correct any safety issues and you might have to attempt it during high winds and blowing snow,” Blackwood said.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.