ATLANTA — Channel 2’s team of meteorologists is forecasting possible snow and ice for parts of north Georgia and metro Atlanta Wednesday.
A winter storm warning has been issued for many of the mountain communities in north Georgia starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday and will remain in effect until 1 a.m. Thursday.
The warning includes Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Chattooga, Gordon, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin and White counties.
Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency for those counties Tuesday night ahead of the anticipated wintry mix.
Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns says those communities could expect up to 2 inches of snow and sleet, plus the possibility of 0.20 inches of ice accumulation, making for difficult travel.
Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Forsyth, Hall and Banks counties remain in a winter weather advisory, and could see up to 1 inch of sleet and snow, and up to 0.10 inches of ice.
Temperatures will remain at or near the freezing mark late Wednesday night around the northeast Georgia mountains, which will see the biggest impact for the wintry weather.
That area could see 2 inches of accumulating sleet and snow because the cold temperatures will last much longer.
“The impact there would be difficult or close to impossible driving. It doesn’t take much freezing rain to create havoc on the roads,” Burns said.
Early Wednesday morning, temperatures will remain in the lower 30s throughout north Georgia. By 9 a.m., expect a break in the cloud cover, helping to warm things up a bit.
“But the air is going to be extremely dry and when precipitation falls through dry air, it tends to chill the air and that’s why we’re going to see a transition,” Burns said.
By noon time, we’re going to start to see a wintry mix of snow and rain in the northern part of the metro, and all snow north of the areas around Canton, Adairsville and into Calhoun and Blairsville.
By about 2 p.m., temperatures will warm to the mid-40s in the metro, but the northeast Georgia mountain area will remain in the low-to-mid 30s.
“A wintry mix will transition to rain showers in the early afternoon, and by your afternoon commute, we’re looking at basically rain showers and lower 40s with snow continuing in north Georgia,” Burns said.
By about 6 p.m., the metro area will only see a few spotty showers and temperatures will remain above freezing. Whatever accumulations that might be on the roads will melt.
Burns said Thursday we’ll have another risk of rain moving into the metro.
By the weekend, the rain will move out. Temperatures will be in the low 40s but we’ll see sunshine and clear skies by Sunday.
Georgia’s Emergency Management Agency is preparing for the winter blast. Channel 2 Action News was inside the meeting where officials made plans for the state’s response Tuesday.
GDOT spent the day Tuesday preparing for precipitation and falling temperatures.
GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale said 281 employees are on call right now, ready to brine 3,000 miles of roadway just in the metro area alone.
The DOT said 44,000 tons of gravel and salt are stocked, but she said brine would be the first step GDOT would take.