Ga. gov declares state of emergency as storm looms

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, who was criticized for his response to the Jan. 28 storm that paralyzed the metro area and left motorists stranded in vehicles overnight, says on Twitter that he's declared a weather-related state of emergency for 14 counties. He says he'll expand the declaration as necessary.

In a news release Sunday he said he had put emergency response agencies on alert and begun significant preparations.

Deal has scheduled a news conference for noon Monday to further discuss winter storm preparations.

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