Issued by The National Weather Service
Atlanta, GA
Thu., Jan. 6, 2011

… CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW ACROSS NORTH GEORGIA TONIGHT AND FRIDAY… … CHANCE OF ACCUMULATING SNOW AGAIN SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY…

FOR TONIGHT AND FRIDAY… A FAST MOVING UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL SWEEP ACROSS THE TENNESSEE VALLEY AND SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS AND BRING A CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW TO PARTS OF NORTH GEORGIA. THIS SYSTEM IS RELATIVELY DRY AND SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE LIGHT. AREAS GENERALLY NORTH OF A CEDARTOWN TO COMMERCE LINE MAY SEE A LIGHT DUSTING OF SNOW BETWEEN MIDNIGHT TONIGHT AND MIDDAY FRIDAY. THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS IN NORTH GEORGIA HAVE THE GREATER CHANCE FOR ACCUMULATING SNOW… AND COULD RECEIVE FROM 1 TO 2 INCHES… ESPECIALLY OVER PARTS OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA. ALTHOUGH SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE LIGHT… THIS COULD CERTAINLY CREATE NUMEROUS SLICK SPOTS ON ROADS… BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES… RESULTING IN DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS THROUGH THE FRIDAY MORNING COMMUTE. MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION AND SLOW DOWN.

FOR SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY 

 A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER THE NORTHERN GULF ON SUNDAY… THEN TRACK ACROSS SOUTH GEORGIA AND OFF THE GEORGIA COAST THROUGH LATE MONDAY. THIS SYSTEM WILL BEGIN SPREADING MOISTURE INTO THE STATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH AT LEAST EARLY TUESDAY. AT THIS TIME… IT APPEARS TEMPERATURE PROFILES WOULD SUPPORT THE PRECIPITATION FALLING MOSTLY AS SNOW ACROSS NORTH AND PARTS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT OR EARLY TUESDAY. WIDESPREAD ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE FOR AREAS GENERALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF A LA GRANGE TO MONTICELLO TO WASHINGTON LINE… WITH GREATER AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES POSSIBLE IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF NORTH GEORGIA. A WINTRY MIX IS MORE LIKELY FOR AREAS FURTHER SOUTH… WITH LITTLE OR NO ACCUMULATIONS EXPECTED THERE. ANYONE PLANNING TRAVEL ACROSS NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA DURING THE FIRST HALF OF NEXT WEEK SHOULD STAY ABREAST TO THE LATEST FORECAST ON THIS POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS DEVELOPING WINTER WEATHER SYSTEM.