Frigid Temperatures Expected Thursday, January 8, 2015

APS Parents: Local forecasters predict frigid temperatures during the early morning, Thursday, January 8, 2015.  We are reminding all parents to please dress students warmly as you prepare to send them to school. 

Padres: Los meteorólogos locales predicen temperaturas frías durante la mañana, Jueves, 8 de Enero de 2015. Le recordamos a todos los padres que por favor los estudiantes llevar ropa de abrigo mientras se prepara para enviarlos a la escuela.

Did you know that APS has updated its comprehensive decision-making protocol? Highlights of the district’s new process include: earlier communication about inclement weather decisions to parents, students and employees, additional drivers brought in to ensure buses start and run on time; and ensuring that district vehicles, equipment and supplies are prepared and in place prior to inclement weather. APS has established schedules and guidelines for early dismissal and delayed openings, provided inclement weather training for all drivers and supervisors, made emergency food, water and medical supplies readily available and easy to access at all district facilities and ensured that the needed technology and equipment is available for emergency communication.

Have a Plan.
In the event disaster strikes does your family have a plan in place? If not, make a plan today. You should know how to contact each other and reconnect if separated. Create a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. Address all the unique needs of young children, pets, older loved ones and family members with special needs in your plan. For more information and ideas on how to create a family emergency plan visit
Be Prepared.
Make your own Ready kit with essential items. Most of these items are reasonably priced and easy to find, but could be vital in saving your life. Be sure to consider what unique needs your family may have. Some of the basic items are listed below. For a detailed list and more information on how to prepare a customized Ready kit for your family visit
Recommended Items
  • Water. One gallon per person per day, for at least 3 days, for drinking and hygiene
  • Food. At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Can opener. For food, if kit contains canned food
  • Radio. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
Winter Weather Terminology
It is important to understand winter weather terms, so you know when to put your preparedness plan into action. Here are three key winter weather terms to know:
A winter storm watch is issued when significant winter weather (i.e. 2 inches or more of snow, ½ inch or more of sleet, ¼ inch or more of freezing rain, or a combination of these events) is possible, but not imminent. A wide range of weather events can prompt a winter storm watch so be mindful of what the watch is calling for specifically. A watch is typically issued 12 to 48 hours before the possibility of winter weather. This is the time to prepare.
A winter weather advisory Indicates that winter weather is imminent and may cause inconveniences; monitor media for your local impacts. A winter weather advisory is issued up to 36 hours before an event when there is an 80 percent or greater chance of winter precipitation (i.e. snow, freezing rain/drizzle, sleet or blowing snow.)This is the time to put your winter weather safety plan into action.
A winter storm warning is issued when a significant winter storm (i.e., 2 inches or more of snow, ½ inch or more of sleet, ¼ inch or more of freezing rain, or a combination of these events) is imminent and is a dangerous threat to life and property. A winter storm warning can also be issued at forecaster and emergency manager discretion when significant impacts are expected but snow, sleet or freezing rain criteria is not met. These warnings are typically issued up to 36 hours before an event that has an 80 percent or greater chance of significant winter precipitation. This is the time to put your winter weather safety plan into action.

APS uses multiple communication vehicles to deliver weather messaging to parents, students and employees. See the list of communication vehicles below:

  • Email
  • Robo-Call
  • District Website
  • School Websites
  • Text Message
  • Channel 22
  • Local Television News Stations
  • Local Radio Stations
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

If APS makes the choice to close schools, APS will continue to communicate with parents via robo-call, text message and email during closures.

2014-2015 Winter Weather Outlook

Each year weather experts predict the outlook for the winter weather season by studying the interaction of present ocean, land and atmosphere conditions around the globe. They also look at “analog years”. An analog year is a past year when weather patterns were similar to the coming season.

Atlanta’s winter weather experts are predicting above average precipitation and below average temperatures for winter 2014-2015, with the worst of winter weather coming after the holiday season.  The below normal readings looks maximized in the months of January, February and March.

This winter we may not have the extreme and extended cold as we did last year, but come January, the experts are predicting one or two snow or ice storms, so a couple of significant severe winter weather events in Atlanta this winter should be no surprise.

The Winter Weather outlook for Atlanta can pretty much be summed up to this:

Below-normal temps

Above-normal precipitation

Elevated ice storm risk

One or two winter storms Jan-March

Most likely, no early spring

For more information on how to prepare for the winter weather season visit

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