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Snow possible overnight across the region

POSTED: February 5, 2008 5:03 a.m.

For the third time in two weeks, weather forecasters are telling North Georgians to get ready for winter precipitation.

A winter weather advisory, in effect from midnight until 10 a.m. Saturday, was issued at 3:40 this afternoon by the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, calling for a 40 percent chance of a wintry mixture of sleet and snow with some accumulation for areas along and north of a line from LaGrange to Washington. The area includes Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Forsyth, Hall, Banks, Jackson and Gwinnett counties in Northeast Georgia.

Brian Lynn, a NWS forecaster, said expect to see the white stuff, with lows in the upper 20s tonight.

"I still think the majority of it’s going to be snow for you guys," he said, adding that it’ll begin falling after midnight and end up somewhere between one-half inch and an inch.

There is a chance of a mixture of rain, sleet and snow Saturday morning, he said. The advisory predicts the precipitation to end between 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday.

According to the advisory, the winter storm is expected to move from west to east across the state, with precipitation beginning as rain or frozen rain just before midnight in Northwest Georgia.

While accumulations of snow could be as much as one to two inches in the North Georgia mountains, Lynn said it’s possible metro Atlanta and points south could end up getting more snow. He said most of the winter precipitation is going to be in central Georgia.

The weather service office in Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., also is predicting light snow in Habersham County and other portions of extreme Northeast Georgia, but little accumulation — if any. A hazardous weather outlook has been posted for that region.

Good news for those weary of winter precipitation. Lynn says that any snow or other frozen precipitation that falls likely won’t stick around.

"It’s hard that to happen in Georgia and I don’t think we’re going to be cold enough for it to stay around for very long," he said. Today’s high is expected to be in the low 40s, helping melt any accumulation.

Though every bit of precipitation helps Lake Lanier, Lynn said the small bit of winter precipitation North Georgia has gotten in the past two winter storms and is expected in this one don’t do a whole lot. He said heavier rains are really what’s needed to fill the lake and help make up the precipitation deficit.

After Saturday, there’s no forecast for winter precipitation through the next week, Lynn said. Though there is a slight chance of rain on a couple of days, it’s expected to be too warm for precipitation to be frozen.

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. The weather service urges caution driving on area roads or walking on possible icy surfaces Saturday morning.


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