A second significant winter storm impacted the Southeastern states 11 - 13 February 2014. Heavy snow fell across the southern Appalachians, while an ice storm with accretions of up to 1.25 inches occurred from eastern Georgia into central South Carolina. In contrast to the 28 January 2014 winter weather event, schools, businesses and governments closed and motorists stayed off the roadways.
A year later, on 16 January 2015, drivers again felt impacts on the roadways from patchy areas of black ice. Although the potential for black ice was discussed in the NWS Atlanta Area Forecast Discussion, Hazardous Weather Outlooks and Special Weather Statements, some agencies were unaware of the threat and did not recognize these products could be used to communicate this particular hazard.
This presentation will focus on the merits and weaknesses of the Atlanta WFO message content and formats, as well as the expected or preferred methods to receive NWS messages by key decision makers. Changes made or planned after these events will also be discussed.