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Expect another day of frigid cold

POSTED: January 19, 2009 8:13 p.m.

If you were looking for a reprieve from the biting cold weather Tuesday, you are out of luck, but there is still hope that warmer temperatures will arrive Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service, the high for Hall County is only expected to reach the mid 30s Tuesday, with winds gusting around 20 mph making it feel much colder.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, weather service forecasters had several blustery predictions for the Hall County area.

"There is a wind advisory for Hall County and a winter weather advisory for White, Lumpkin and Dawson (counties)," said Rob Handel, a National Weather Service forecaster.

Precipitation is expected to start as a mixture of snow and rain Monday night across the region, changing over to all snow as the temperatures drop, according to the weather service. Brief snow flurries are possible north of a line from Cedartown through Atlanta and Monticello to Louisville.

Although there is a 50 percent chance of snow showers overnight for Hall and surrounding counties, residents in the non-mountain areas aren't expected to see too much snow piled on the ground.

"In Gainesville, people shouldn't expect to see much accumulation of snow," Handel said. "The temperature would have to be right around 32 degrees for that to happen.

"Residents may notice some snow on higher points, but since the ground is still pretty warm, you won't see much, if any, snow on the ground. However, all the mountain counties may see an accumulation of 1 to 3 inches of snow."

The best chance for accumulation of snow is north and east of a line from Blue Ridge to Jasper to Cleveland, according to the weather service.

Snow showers are expected to continue through Tuesday morning across the area.

Although it is unlikely that there will be any school closures in Hall County, facilities in northern counties including White, Banks and Habersham counties, may potentially be closed. At press time, there was no word about any closures, but school officials in White County said those decisions are not made until around 6 a.m. on the morning of the closure.

As the current cold front continues to push through Northeast Georgia and is met with precipitation, drivers are warned to use caution as they navigate the roads to avoid slick patches.

Temperatures are expected to improve Wednesday as the highs for Northeast Georgia are expected to reach the lower 40s.



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