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Snow likely but shouldnt accumulate, forecaster says
Sunny skies to return on Wednesday
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Weather improved Sunday afternoon, but the Hall County area is under a hazardous weather outlook and wind advisory lasting until 10 p.m. April 14. - photo by SARA GUEVARA

After a day of steady rains, Northeast Georgians could see snowfall today, according to National Weather Service meteorologists.

Don't pull out the sleds just yet, though.

The forecast is for a wintry mix of rain and snow through the north half of Georgia as a cold front sweeps into the state, reported Jason Deese, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, in a daily brief Monday.

The chance of snow actually accumulating on the ground is slim, Deese said, except possibly in the mountains.

"Any snow that will make it to the ground will melt in most locations," he said.

"We are still in late November, and even behind the front, temperatures are only expected to fall in the mid- to upper-30s around the area," Deese said.

Ground temperatures around most of Georgia will still be in the 50s, he said.

While the snow isn't expected to bring icy rain conditions to the roadways, the threat of traffic hazards still exist.

Gordy White, a spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol, said drivers should stay on alert during the wet conditions.

"It takes longer to stop than on dry pavement," White wrote in an email to The Times. "Also, drivers should make sure the headlights are on as they travel in rainy conditions."

While continued precipitation could cause headaches for drivers, the chance of snow could be good for some holiday businesses.

Kathy Cooper, owner of Cooper's Tree Farm in Braselton, said winter weather sometimes helps business since it gives customers an opportunity to cut down their Christmas tree in the snow.

"If it does snow, some people will come down," she said.

The steady rain that persisted much of Monday, however, was not much help to the outdoor Christmas tree sales.

The tree farm shut down for the day due to the rain.

Fortunately for Cooper's and other Christmas tree sellers, rain didn't spoil the Thanksgiving weekend.

"This weekend was really busy," said Cooper, who theorized customers flocked out to get their trees ahead of the rain.

The precipitation could also bring Lake Lanier's level higher after drought conditions put it 13 feet below full pool. The lake stood at 1,057.97 feet above sea level Monday night.

Starting Wednesday, the forecast calls for sunny skies and warmer weather.

 

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