All eyes will be glued to the skies tonight and Saturday morning, looking for signs of wintry precipitation.
The National Weather Service in Peachtree City is predicting a rain and snow mix over much of North Georgia tonight, but don’t rush to the grocery store just yet — forecasters aren’t expecting any significant snowfall.
“Right now, the forecast is for a rain/snow mix, and we’re not calling for any accumulations at this time,” said Shirley Lamback, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “Right now, it looks like it should end in the afternoon, certainly looks like Saturday night it pretty much should be gone.”
Lamback said the overnight lows in most of the region should stay above freezing tonight, but the Georgia Department of Transportation will be ready to take care of the roads should any freezing occur.
“Georgia DOT works closely with local law enforcement officers and utilizes the National Weather Service to monitor local weather conditions,” said Teri Pope, DOT communications officer for the Northeast Georgia District. “As soon as local law enforcement notices ice developing or snow accumulating on roadways or bridges, they notify us directly. We also monitor the forecasts to plan a response if the weather creates a snow or ice event. We are on call 24/7 and are ready to respond if needed but we hope we aren’t needed.”
Expecting at least rain on their parade, Flowery Branch officials announced Thursday that this weekend’s Christmas parade and festival has been canceled because of the weather.
“We hate to do it, but we don’t have a choice,” event chairwoman Mary Jones said.
The festival had been planned for Saturday afternoon and won’t be rescheduled, Jones said.
“We’re so far into December that there’s no (time) to reschedule it to,” she said. “I’m so sorry, but we really looked forward to it. ... We just couldn’t provide parking because of the ground being wet.”
As of Thursday night, the Clermont Christmas parade and tree lighting still were going ahead as planned, according to event organizer Emily Harper, but parade-goers will need to bundle up.
Even though the rain/snow mix is predicted to end by Saturday afternoon, the high for the day will be around 42 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Saturday night, the low is expected to be dip below freezing, but no precipitation is expected. Sunday, the high could climb to 48 degrees with a low around 35. Early next week, the daytime highs should be in the low to mid-50s, according to the National Weather Service.