January 4, 2014

Winter weather moving in

From Staff Reports

— A winter storm watch is in effect today from 7 p.m. until Monday at noon for Murray and Whitfield counties, according to a report from the National Weather Service.

The NWS predicted rain changing to snow and possibly sleet this evening and up to two inches of snow as a cold front moves in. Higher elevations — which include Fort Mountain and Grassy Mountain — could see up to three inches of snow from late today into early Monday, according to the report.

A hazardous weather outlook predicts a “bitterly cold airmass will settle across the Southeast,” after the cold front moves in, resulting in wind chills 10 to 15 degrees below 0 in some of Georgia’s higher elevations.

As of Saturday night, forecasts for Dalton and Chatsworth showed temperatures dropping from a high of 51 today to a low of 21 degrees tonight followed by a low of 4 degrees Monday night.