WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY: North Georgia to get another shot at snow Saturday morning

Did you miss the snowfall Friday morning? You’ll have another shot Saturday morning.

A system will spread a mix of rain and snow across North Georgia during the morning hours, according to Channel 2 Action News. Snowflakes are possible as far south as metro Atlanta.

Two inches or more of accumulation is possible in the highest elevations of the northeast Georgia mountains and areas on the Northside of Atlanta could get up to an inch of accumulation. 

That prompted the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory for 31 North Georgia counties, including Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, North Fulton and Paulding.

Other counties covered in the advisory are: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Towns, Union, Walker, White and Whitfield.

Despite the advisory, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said Atlanta is not likely to get more than a dusting of snow. 

 

The wintry system will begin developing to the west of Georgia later Friday night, Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said. 

“It is actually going to be increasing our risk for rain and snow showers here in North Georgia,” she said. “Tomorrow morning, you might wake up and you might see not only some rain showers around but also some snow showers mixing in as well.”

North Georgia is still dealing with the effects of the last storm system, which dumped inches of rain over the region and dropped temperatures an average of 25 degrees in the span of 24 hours.

“Basically, the bigger the temperature drop, the stronger the storms, and that’s what we had (Thursday),” Walls said. “ … At least that threat is done, but now those colder temperatures will remain in play today and into tomorrow.”

Temperatures should just reach the freezing point in metro Atlanta, but Walls said even lower temperatures higher in the atmosphere are what matters with wintry precipitation. The projected afternoon high is 49 degrees.

The mountains will see the bulk of the travel concerns Saturday as snowfall makes roads slick, according to Channel 2. If Friday is any indication, road surface temperatures should stay elevated in metro Atlanta. 

“Even if you are lucky enough to see some of those snowflakes (Friday), don’t worry,” Walls said. “The road surface temperatures are what I call in the safe zone.”

 

Monahan said he expects the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory for counties north of metro Atlanta later Friday. 

» For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page.

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