Gov. Nathan Deal has announced he will activate the State Operations Center at 3 p.m. today, Feb. 10, as a new round of winter weather approaches Georgia. Weather forecasters are expecting snow and ice for Tuesday and Wednesday in North Georgia, including metro Atlanta.

In a statement to the media, Deal said he has directed the Georgia State Patrol, Department of Transportation and Department of Natural Resources to begin moving assets toward areas where the snow and ice are expected. “I have issued a ‘warning order’ for the National Guard – an advance notice to personnel of the possibility of a ‘call up’ for a state mission,” Deal said.

“At the moment, local meteorologists are advising us to expect a ‘major storm’ that could bring significant levels of snow and ice. We have passed along this latest weather information to school superintendents and local emergency management agencies.”

Deal also encouraged motorists to be off the roads by early evening on Monday so that GDOT crews can begin pre-treating the interstates.

Deal was heavily criticized two weeks ago for his response to the Jan. 28 storm that left metro Atlanta in traffic gridlock and forced students to spend the night at their schools.

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.