It looks like March will try to come in like a lion this weekend.
There’s a chance of snow in the forecast for North Georgia, but don’t get too excited; it’s not expected to accumulate much.
“Our current forecast has no accumulation for Gainesville,” said Alex Gibbs, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City. “North of Gainesville, the accumulation will be very light, maybe one-tenth of an inch or a trace, and maybe seven-tenths of an inch in the higher elevations.”
Friday night’s forecast calls for a 10 percent chance of snow showers after 5 a.m., increasing to 30 percent on Saturday before dropping back to 20 percent Saturday night.
“(Gainesville) may see some snow flurries Saturday,” Gibbs said, “and the best chance of seeing a snow/rain mix is overnight Friday into Saturday, and you may get some snow mixed in Sunday night.
“You may end up with a little trace on the ground.”
The weather service has issued a freeze warning until 9 this morning. That means freezing temperatures could threaten outdoor plants, the warning stated.
Gibbs said North Georgia’s wintry weather usually occurs from December through early February.
“We have had March storms before, so it’s not completely abnormal, but it’s not something that commonly happens,” he said.
A deep low over the eastern United States is funneling cold air into the area, and a system coming through the area could bring precipitation, Gibbs said.
“There’s a large area of cold Canadian air being funneled into the area,” he said.