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February 11, 2014

Forecaster: Six to eight inches of snow possible

Before the wintry weather mix of snow, sleet and ice moves out of the area by Friday, Whitfield and Murray counties may see as much as a total of 6 to 8 inches of snow, a forecaster with the National Weather Service said.

From about sunrise Tuesday through lunch that day, there were reports of 2 to 3 inches of snow in Whitfield and Murray counties, said Jason Deese, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

And in many places, snow was still falling Tuesday afternoon, especially in the southern areas of the counties. The snow was expected to taper off for a while Tuesday afternoon and evening, but then pick back up overnight, leaving an estimated 4 to 5 more inches of snow, Deese said.

There was much uncertainty surrounding the weather system over the weekend and even as late as Monday afternoon because weather models were not consistent, Deese said.

“There was a strong high pressure moving south out of the Ohio Valley,” Deese said. “It reacted with moisture out of the Gulf of Mexico, which is usually our setup with winter weather.”

Temperatures are expected to hover around the freezing mark today so anything on the ground will most likely be there through the day and even into Thursday, he said.

“If you get a degree more warmth, consider yourself lucky,” Deese said.

Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 20s tonight, and the snow is expected to continue through to Thursday morning, he said.

Temperatures on Thursday are expected to climb into the 40s, meaning some of the snow will start to melt, Deese said, but there is a chance for some more winter precipitation Friday evening. He said as of Tuesday afternoon, it doesn’t look like those amounts will be significant.

Saturday should climb into the upper 40s, and by Sunday, highs should be in the mid-50s again.

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