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Thanks for nothing, groundhog: Icy weather possible for parts of Northeast Georgia
Winter weather advisory in effect; Hall County on southern end of affected area
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Forecasters expect a high chance of freezing rain overnight between Saturday and Sunday in areas of Northeast Georgia. Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service.

The groundhog has seen his shadow and thus Georgia will be gripped by another six weeks of winter, making it fitting — and a little suspicious — that freezing rain and snow could be coming for Northeast Georgia and Hall County this weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Northeast Georgia, in effect from 1 a.m. through 10 a.m. Sunday. As rain moves into the area, some may turn to sleet and freezing rain overnight. Some accumulation is possible, particularly on bridges and overpasses, and motorists are advised to use caution Sunday morning.

“We are monitoring the weather and will prepare accordingly,” Casey Ramsey, interim director of Hall emergency management, said Friday. “Currently it’s forecasted to be more north of us and minimal (if any) impacts are currently expected for our area.”

Some areas to the north could get more accumulation of snow and ice overnight into Sunday. The affected area forms a rough triangle between northern Hall County, Blairsville to the northwest and the northeast corner of the state.

The most affected areas could see ice buildup of about 0.15 inches — enough to make things slippery before temperatures warm Sunday into the mid-40s.

Rain will be passing through the area on-and-off throughout the week. Monitor The Times website and the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City for more information this weekend if inclement weather comes to Hall County.

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