Ga. bracing for another round of winter weather

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.

Gov. Nathan Deal, who was criticized for his response to the Jan. 31 storm that paralyzed the metro area and left motorists stranded in vehicles overnight, said in a news release Sunday that he's put emergency response agencies on alert and began significant preparations.

The governor scheduled a news conference for noon Monday to discuss winter storm preparations.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather watch from 7 p.m. Monday through 7 p.m. Tuesday and a winter storm watch from Tuesday evening through Thursday morning for the metro Atlanta area.

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