Issued by The National Weather Service
Atlanta, GA
10:22 pm EST, Sun., Jan. 9, 2011

… WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST MONDAY FOR NORTH AND MOST OF CENTRAL GEORGIA…

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL TO 7 PM EST MONDAY… GENERALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE FROM COLUMBUS TO PERRY AND LOUISVILLE.

PRECIPITATION WILL GENERALLY START OUT SUNDAY NIGHT AS SNOW OR SLEET ACROSS NORTH GEORGIA AND A MIX OF RAIN AND SLEET ACROSS CENTRAL GEORGIA. AREAS SOUTH OF I-20 WILL TRANSITION TO FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET AFTER MIDNIGHT. THIS TRANSITION LINE WILL SLOWLY MOVE NORTHWARD DURING THE DAY ON MONDAY… WITH SNOW AND SLEET EXPECTED ACROSS THE NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS AND FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET EXPECTED TO CONTINUE SOUTH OF A LINE FROM CEDARTOWN TO GAINESVILLE. SOME LIGHT WINTRY PRECIPITATION MAY CONTINUE MONDAY NIGHT… WITH PRECIPITATION ENDING BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

DUE TO THE CHANGE IN PRECIPITATION TYPE FROM SNOW TO FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET DURING THE EVENT… THIS MAY HELP TO LIMIT OUR SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION SOUTH OF THE NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS. SNOW AND SLEET AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED NORTH OF A LINE FROM COLUMBUS TO PERRY AND LOUISVILLE WITH 2 TO 4 INCHES FROM CARROLLTON TO COVINGTON AND WASHINGTON NORTHWARD… AND 4 TO 6 INCHES NORTH OF A LINE FROM ROME TO GAINESVILLE. ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS MAY BE POSSIBLE IN THE MOUNTAINS. ICE ACCUMULATION OF ONE TENTH TO ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THE HIGHER AMOUNTS EXPECTED FROM THE ATLANTA METRO AREA SOUTHWARD.

THIS SITUATION HAS THE POTENTIAL TO SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT TRAVEL.

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… SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM EXPECTED FOR SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY FOR NORTH AND MOST OF CENTRAL GEORGIA…

FOR THE PERIOD SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY… A WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT ALL OF NORTH GEORGIA AND MUCH OF CENTRAL GEORGIA. LOW PRESSURE ALONG THE LOUISIANA COAST SUNDAY EVENING WILL SHIFT EAST OVERNIGHT. A COLD AND DRY AIRMASS WILL REMAIN IN PLACE IN THE LOWER LEVELS OF THE ATMOSPHERE… SETTING THE STAGE FOR A WINTER STORM SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY. PRECIPITATION WILL END BY EARLY TUESDAY… EXCEPT FOR POSSIBLY SOME LINGERING LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE OR SNOW ACROSS THE NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS.

ALTHOUGH THIS EVENT IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING… IT SHOULD BE EMPHASIZED THAT MINOR DEVIATIONS IN THE STORM TRACK OR TEMPERATURE PROFILES COULD RESULT IN MORE OR LESS WINTER IMPACTS ACROSS THE AREA.