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Here we snow again: Snow likely, but how much?

Temperatures could stay above freezing during storm

POSTED: January 29, 2008 5:03 a.m.
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Are you ready for a white weekend? The National Weather Service says its possible.

Snow showers are expected to develop tonight across much of Northeast Georgia, and accumulations of as much as 5 inches in the mountains is possible - if it gets cold enough. Accumulations of up to 1 inch are possible in Hall County.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City say they're not sure exactly what will happen this weekend; only that it will be cold, and a combination of rain and snow is likely.

At 11 a.m., the weather service said snow, mixed at times with rain, is possible north of a line from Franklin to McDonough to Lexington. The highest accumulations of snow are likely north of a line from Buchanan to Alpharetta to Commerce, an area that includes Gainesville and Hall County.

"There's a lot of question as to how strong this is going to be," said meteorologist Kent McMullen. "(The storm system) hasn't even developed yet."

However, McMullen did say there are chances of snow accumulation late tonight with temperatures in the low 30s. Temperatures at this time are forecast to be about 34 degrees overnight in Hall County.

The forecast calls for rain to develop late today, then switch over to snow overnight. The snow will continue throughout the day Saturday. Snow could continue into the overnight hours Sunday morning.

Then it gets cold. Really cold. The weather service predicts a low Sunday morning of 21 and a low Monday morning of 20.

If it develops, it will be the second winter storm in three days to hit Northeast Georgia. But problems should be minimal on Saturday since schools and many businesses are closed for the weekend.

Teri Pope, spokesman for the Georgia Department of Transportation, said road crews are on standby, make last-minute maintenance checks on dump trunks to make sure they can crank if needed.

Also, the DOT is watching weather forecasts, hoping that the forecast at 11 a.m. will be "more concrete, so we can determine if we need to send some folks home or make our first plans."

"We don't want to put anything down until (bad weather) starts happening," Pope said. "We don't want to waste any (salt)."




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