Forecast calls for winter weather beginning tonight
by Staff Report
Feb 10, 2014 | 852 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Timing and uncertainty may keep predicted snow and ice from becoming a repeat of the late January snow that caught the state unaware.

The National Weather Service on Sunday extended a winter storm watch from this evening into Wednesday morning. A winter storm watch means the potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations is present.

Most of north Georgia, including Bartow County, are expected to see a mix of sleet and snow tonight, changing back to rain Tuesday afternoon. The forecast calls for a mix of freezing rain and sleet Tuesday night with snow in the mountains. One to 3 inches of snow is possible across northwest Georgia.

Snow will accumulate on roads, making for dangerous driving conditions Monday night and early Tuesday. Come Tuesday night, ice will begin building on roads, increasing the hazardous conditions. Ice also may accumulate on trees and power lines, which may cause power outages.

Temperatures with this round of winter weather will not be as cold as January, with lows tonight in the low to mid-30s. Tuesday will remain in the 30s, with overnight lows Tuesday dropping into the upper 20s or low 30s.

On Sunday the NWS said “considerable uncertainty” remained in the forecast and wintry precipitation amounts are expected to change leading up to the event.