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Some snow in outlook, but mainly look for rain
Forecast calls for light 'dusting' in higher elevations
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Joseph Gonzalez picks up a bag of road salt at the Lowe’s on Shallowford Road Saturday in preparation for possible wintry mix weather this week. - photo by Tom Reed

Over the weekend, Lowe's store manager Gary McGilvray put four pallets of salt on display when early forecasts called for snow showers today.

"We've been trying to stay in stock just in case it does happen again," he said.

Winter weather is rearing its head again, but not nearly to the extent of the Jan. 10 snowstorm that buried North Georgia and brought Atlanta to a standstill.

Light snow was possible through this morning in parts of North Georgia, including a thin band of North Hall, according to a Sunday evening forecast by the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

The outlook also called for a "dusting" up to a half-inch in higher elevations.

And then a chance of rain and snow on Tuesday, before 1 p.m., is expected in the same general area.

But that precipitation shouldn't be a threat, as it is expected to turn to rain and the temperature is supposed to reach 46.

No snow is in the forecast for most of Hall County through Sunday.

Rain, on the other hand, is predicted for Tuesday and Wednesday, possibly returning Sunday. High temperatures through the week are expected to be in the mid-40s, according to the Weather Service.

"We're seeing the atmosphere warm up, so we're thinking (the weather) is trending to be a warmer event," said Alex Gibbs with the Weather Service.

Those living in the mountains should have little concern, as well.

"Up there, it's a rain-snow mix where there'll be a lot of rain and some snowflakes mixed into it," Gibbs said. "It's kind of hard to accumulate when you get that rain-snow mix."

Late last week, forecasts were a little more ominous, with more of a potential for snow early in the week.

And on the heels of the last snowstorm, which dumped 6-8 inches of snow throughout North Georgia, and a winter season that produced the first Christmas Day snow in memory, folks may have had reason to worry.

McGilvray said that the weekend before the last snow, customers bought generators and other heating appliances, anticipating power outages. And during the snow week, customers grabbed whatever they could to melt the ice, including fertilizer and water softeners.

"If we would have had sleds, we would've sold out," he said.

 

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