January 18, 2013

Weekend weather report: sunny and clear

Area schools on two-hour delay

From Staff and Wire Reports

— The worst of the wintry storm the National Weather Service forecast for the area for this week was expected to be over by 10 this morning, according to predictions Thursday evening. But concerns about road conditions caused the Dalton, Whitfield County and Murray County school systems to delay all schools two hours today.

Meteorologists issued the winter storm warning at 10 a.m. Thursday and by that afternoon said it would end at midday today. Area schools in Whitfield and Murray counties dismissed early on Thursday in anticipation of what forecasters said could be up to 4 inches of snow in some areas, but those predictions, at least for the Dalton area, hadn’t come true by the time students would have normally arrived home. Snow had begun falling, but not sticking, before 6 p.m., however.

The winter storm advisory initially showed there could be snow accumulations from 1 to 3 inches across North Georgia with up to 4 inches possible in the mountains with the accumulation beginning about 2 p.m. Thursday.

Temperatures were expected to have fallen into the mid and upper 20s overnight Thursday and into this morning, possibly making roads hazardous. Today’s high is forecast to be 47 with winds between 5 to 10 mph, while Saturday will be sunny with a high near 54, according to the National Weather Service.

School closings are announced first on social media, through text messages sent to parents and students signed up for the service through their individual schools, and on the schools systems’ websites, www.daltonpublicschools.com, www.whitfield.k12.ga.us and www.murray.k12.ga.us.