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Rain and snow mix could pepper area tonight

POSTED: December 9, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Don’t get too excited, but North Georgia will be ushering in the month of December today with a slight chance of S-N-O-W, according to the National Weather Service.

But don’t rush out to stock up on groceries and movie rentals before all the good stuff is gone; there isn’t a chance of accumulation in Gainesville. The ground is just too warm and it’s supposed to be a mix of rain and snow anyway, according to Laura Griffith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

Even in the higher elevations of the North Georgia mountains, there is only a chance of up to an inch of snow accumulating. That slight chance of accumulation will be lessened by the warm ground, she said.

Griffith explained that Gainesville is on the southern edge of the area where forecasters predict that a rain and snow mix could pepper the area. So we could see nothing at all except light rain.

"The chance for snow showers will be generally along and north of a line from Cedartown and Gainesville," Griffith said.

The snow showers are being ushered in by low pressure system that was moving through the area Sunday night, Griffith said. The light rain was expected to switch over to a rain and snow mix overnight or early this morning, she said.

Today’s "snow" event will be little more than a marvel for Georgians — who rarely see any snow or ice — to gaze at white flakes falling from the sky.

But you will need to bundle up if you venture out today, as the high is predicted to be only about 40 degrees. Tonight could be another below-freezing night, with a forecast low of 29 in Gainesville. There is a 40 percent chance of precipitation today, mostly likely light rain.

As the sun goes down this evening and the temperatures dip again toward the freezing mark, the light rain could switch over to a rain and snow mix again, Griffith said. She also warned that overnight tonight, any wetness on area roads could freeze.

"Especially on bridges, that is something to be cautious about," she said. But there isn’t expected to be any ice accumulation, either.

There still is a slight chance of some sprinkles and maybe flurries up until about 1 a.m. or so Tuesday morning, Griffith said. Any chance of snow will be out of the picture by Tuesday morning, and temperatures will warm up into the 50s for Tuesday and into Wednesday.

Another weather system will be moving through the Gainesville area later in the week and could produce some showers, Griffith said, "but at this point, the weekend looks nice."



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