Issued by The National Weather Service
Atlanta, GA
4:57 am EST, Sun., Jan. 9, 2011

… WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST MONDAY FOR NORTH AND MOST OF CENTRAL GEORGIA…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND ICE… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. THE WARNING INCLUDES AN AREA GENERALLY NORTH AND ALONG A LINE FROM COLUMBUS TO MACON TO AUGUSTA.

PRECIPITATION WILL GENERALLY START OUT SUNDAY NIGHT AS SNOW ACROSS NORTH GEORGIA AND A MIX OF RAIN AND SLEET ACROSS CENTRAL GEORGIA… GENERALLY SOUTH OF A LINE FROM LAGRANGE TO MILLEDGEVILLE. SOUTH OF THIS LINE IT 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 ACCUMULATIONS MAY CONTINUE MONDAY NIGHT AND PRECIPITATION SHOULD END BY TUESDAY MORNING… EXCEPT FOR LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS ACROSS THE NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS AND LINGERING DRIZZLE ACROSS THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE.

DUE TO THE CHANGE IN PRECIPITATION TYPE FROM SNOW TO FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET DURING THE EVENT… THIS MAY HELP TO LIMIT OUR SNOW ACCUMULATION. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE EXPECTED NORTH OF A LINE FROM COLUMBUS TO MACON TO AUGUSTA… 3 TO 5 INCHES FROM LAGRANGE TO MADISON AND NORTHWARD AND 5 TO 7 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 OVER THE WESTERN GULF OF MEXICO SUNDAY MORNING WILL SHIFT EAST THROUGH LATE SUNDAY. AHEAD OF THIS SYSTEM… A COLD AND DRY AIRMASS WILL BE IN PLACE… SETTING THE STAGE FOR A WINTER STORM SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY EVENING. PRECIPITATION WILL END TUESDAY EXCEPT FOR LINGERING 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.