February 12, 2014

Snow, sleet on tap through Thursday

Misty Watson

— Light to moderate snow, with some sleet and rain mixed in, will continue through the afternoon and tonight, a forecaster says.

The temperature is hovering right around the freezing mark, but once the temperature starts to drop, the majority of the moisture should change back over to snow, said Adam Baker, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

“I wouldn’t expect any melting of what’s going on this afternoon and overnight,” he said.

Lows tonight are expected to be in the upper 20s, which means anything that may start to melt today will refreeze tonight, leaving ice to deal with in the morning, Baker said.

“I don’t see (winter precipitation) to diminish in your area until about 5, maybe 4 a.m.,” he said. “That’s going to be when you get another wrap-around of moisture exiting. So you could see some concentrated banding of snow when that happens as well.”

Approximately 2 to 3 inches fell Tuesday, and before the system exits, Baker says the area could see up to 6 inches of snow total. Some of that has melted as temperatures reached just above freezing on Tuesday afternoon and today.

Baker said south of Whitfield and Murray counties, people are dealing with freezing rain, which is leaving parts of north and central Georgia with numerous power outages.

The area is under a winter storm warning for snow until 1 p.m. Thursday. Even though the snow is expected to stop several hours before that, Baker said the warning will remain until the lingering effects have left the area. Temperatures aren’t expected to warm to much above freezing until 1 p.m. on Thursday, which is when the winter precipitation should start to melt.

Check Thursday’s The Daily Citizen for a full weather report.