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Rainy day ahead; flurries possible in mountains

Snow is not expected to accumulate; ice is possible

POSTED: January 1, 2014 10:38 p.m.

If the first week of 2014 is any indication, the new year may prove to be just as soggy as the last one.

The National Weather Service has rain in the forecast for today, as well as for Monday — and there’s a chance the wet stuff may be accompanied by something a little more frozen. A winter weather advisory is in effect for counties in North Georgia, including Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Fannin and Towns.

“As it pulls out of the area (tonight), there is a slight chance of a few snow flurries,” forecaster Ryan Willis said. “Primarily it would be late evening into the overnight hours, generally before midnight.”

But don’t run out for the bread and milk just yet; Willis said any snow that does fall is not expected to accumulate, even as temperatures continue to dip. And any flakes that fall likely will be north of Gainesville in the North Georgia mountains.

While it’s expected to rain throughout the day, rainfall totals are only expected to be around a quarter of an inch. In addition, a wind advisory is in effect tonight throughout North Georgia with gusts up to 35 mph possible.

The first full week of the new year may bring a better chance to see the white stuff, as there’s also a chance of snow showers predicted for Monday.

“That’s something we’re watching pretty closely right now,” Willis said. “It’ll be mostly rain on Monday as well, but that would transition into snow as the (cold) front pushes through.

“Regardless, it’s going to be really cold,” he added. “The coldest of the season so far.”

Today’s high temperature will be in the upper 40s, but a high of around 37 is forecast for Friday. Temperatures will inch upward over the weekend, only to go below the freezing mark early next week.

Monday’s high temperature is expected to be in the 40s, Willis said, but on Tuesday morning it may reach as low as 19 degrees. The wet weather and cold temperatures could lead to icy road conditions.

“Whatever does fall up there, that concern could turn to icing on the roads,” Willis said.



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