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Winter storm warning issued for Hall County calls for snow Saturday morning

Update, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 8: Snow and ice is starting to affect roadways in Hall County. Here's the latest.

Update, 5:15 a.m. Feb. 8: A winter storm warning is in effect until 7 p.m. for Hall and other parts of North Georgia. The warning states 2 to 4 inches of snow is possible today.

Update, 5 p.m.: A winter weather advisory has been issued for much of North Georgia, including Hall County.

The advisory will be in effect 4 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, for areas generally north of Interstate 20 and east of Interstate 85.

“What we’re expecting to happen is temperatures will get down right at freezing or even just below it, especially in some of the higher elevations, around that area,” according to the National Weather Service forecaster regarding weather around sunrise Saturday.

Precipitation will start to move into the Hall County area around sunrise, which may start as rain and is expected to “potentially very quickly transition over to snow.”

“We’re not expecting this to be extremely heavy,” the forecaster said, estimating roughly an inch of precipitation in the Hall County area. Higher elevations could see as much as 3 to 4 inches.

The most likely time for precipitation will be the morning hours from sunrise to noon.

It is expected to be a “quick-hitting system” that may melt by the end of Saturday, according to the forecaster.

Roads may be slippery, especially on bridges and overpasses.

Hall County is closing its community centers and libraries Saturday. The landfill and compactor sites are set to open at 9:30 a.m., a delay of two hours.

The ACT scheduled at North Hall and Johnson high schools has been canceled. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

Snow flurries have been spotted in parts of Hall County this morning.

Cold air spread across North Georgia following strong storms, bringing with it scattered rain showers that "may mix with or briefly change to light snow this morning," according to a special weather statement Feb. 7 from the National Weather Service. No accumulation is expected.

Saturday's weather is forecast to be similar with flurries but no accumulation. A dusting of less than a half an inch is possible Saturday in the mountains.

Snow flurries in Gainesville

Snow flurries popped up across Hall County on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Here's what it looked like in Gainesville, just off the square.
By: Layne Saliba

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