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Count on drizzle, but not snow

POSTED: February 2, 2009 12:18 a.m.

According to today’s forecast, the groundhog is likely not to see his shadow in Gainesville, signaling an early spring.

The forecast calls for a high of 51 and rain most of the day.

While there is an 80 percent chance of rain today, the probability of that rain turning over to snow when it gets colder tonight is virtually nil, according to the National Weather Service.

“There is no chance of winter weather Monday. Maybe late Monday night in the mountains they could get some snow showers,” said Brian Lynn, a weather service meteorologist. “Monday evening, it will be over for Gainesville.”

There is a very slight probability of snow showers in Gainesville on Tuesday. Though it will be cold enough, there simply won’t be enough moisture to produce snow, he said. Even in the North Georgia mountains, there won’t likely be any accumulation if snow does fall.

The high for Tuesday is expected to climb to 37, while Wednesday’s high is expected to hover just below freezing at 31 degrees, Lynn said.

Though expected to be sunny, Wednesday likely will be the coldest day of the week, as it is expected to start warming up again on Thursday, he said. Thursday’s high is forecast to be 47 degrees.



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