WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING.

LOW PRESSURE IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER THE WESTERN GULF OF MEXICO SUNDAY MORNING AND 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 LOCALLY SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY. AT THIS TIME… PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN AS ALL SNOW SUNDAY EVENING AND REMAIN PREDOMINANTLY SNOW THROUGH EARLY MONDAY MORNING. INITIALLY… AREAS FORM CARROLLTON TO METRO ATLANTA AND WASHINGTON WILL MIX WITH OR CHANGE OVER TO SLEET… LIMITING ACCUMULATIONS TO 3 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET. NORTH OF THIS AREA… ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE HIGHER WITH 5 TO 7 INCHES EXPECTED WITH THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS REMAINING ALL SNOW… RESULTING IN LOCALLY HIGHER ACCUMULATION AMOUNTS.

FROM MIDDAY MONDAY THROUGH LATE MONDAY NIGHT… THE SLEET AND SNOW WILL TRANSITION TO FREEZING RAIN AND DRIZZLE… CREATING A DANGEROUS SITUATION FOR AREA ROADWAYS. THE SYSTEM SHOULD PULL OUT MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY… BUT ACCUMULATING SNOW IS LIKELY TO CONTINUE FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF NORTH GEORGIA.

IT SHOULD BE EMPHASIZED THAT THIS EVENT REMAINS 24 TO 36 HOURS OUT AND THAT MINOR DEVIATIONS IN THE STORM TRACK OR TEMPERATURE PROFILES COULD RESULT IN MORE OR LESS WINTER IMPACTS ACROSS THE AREA.