There may not be a lot of snow expected, but the National Weather Service is at least alerting Georgia residents to the possibility. And it's been since 2011 that snow of any accumulation has hit the Atlanta area. Last winter was extremely mild, and the whole 2012 year saw a record low in days that registered less than 32 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
As it's tracking now, the winter weather would hit the area around the evening commute on Thursday, January 17, according to Keith Stellman, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City. But he cautions that there is still a lot of uncertainty. So no need to stock up on bread and milk just yet.
The forecast says snow could be seen as far south as La Grange or Athens, but adds that the greatest chance for accumulation is the I-20 corridor west of Atlanta and the I-85 corridor to the north.
The storm system is the same that's causing all the rain and snow in Mississippi and Louisiana, said Stellman. "It could kick out our way Thursday," he said. "It's bringing a lot of cold air, and it should have just enough moisture."
But he added, "We're not expecting a lot of accumulation."
The Weather Service alert said there are no expected travel difficulties, but cautioned those in the higher elevations to still be careful and motorists to watch for black ice and slick overpasses Thursday night to Friday morning, when temperatures should be below freezing.
Mike Benzie has been a reporter and editor for several major news organizations in the Southeast, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Greenville News, and the Asheville Citizen-Times.
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