February 12, 2014

Snow moves out, problems linger

Misty Watson

— Even as the snow ends and the winter system begins to move out of Whitfield and Murray counties, the threat of slick roads will remain into this afternoon, a forecaster said.

Temperatures are not supposed to rise above freezing until 1 p.m. today, meaning any precipitation on the ground will remain for several more hours, said Adam Baker, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

On Wednesday at about noon, Baker said he expected the area to get several more inches of snow through the night and into early this morning. Snow showers should end around 4 to 5 a.m.

The low overnight was in the upper 20s, and it will take a while for the temperature to rise above 32. Today’s high should reach the mid to upper 30s, but that won’t happen until later in the afternoon, Baker said.

“So it’s not a drastic warmup,” he said. “We’re looking at dipping back down Thursday night into the upper 20s again. So there could be a potential for refreezing any lingering moisture. … There should be some improvement (this) afternoon, but I wouldn’t expect a whole lot unless roads are treated. … I urge people if you do not have to get out, don’t risk it. Just wait until roads improve.”

By Friday afternoon highs should climb back into the mid-40s. And that’s when the area can really expect to thaw.

However, there is another chance for winter weather Friday evening. Baker doesn’t think the system will produce much.

“We’ll be watching another system that is a lot different than this one,” he said. “Late Friday we could see a shot at some showers, but it will still be somewhat warm. Friday evening there is a chance of some snow with some rain showers. Amounts will be very little to no accumulation with that. We’ll be starting to focus more on that system as this one exits.”

The temperature should reach the low 40s on Saturday, and by Sunday the temperature should be close to 50 degrees with mostly clear to partly cloudy skies, Baker said.

Saturday night there is a small chance of a few sprinkles or flurries, he said.

This winter has been one of the more active winters the area has seen in some time.

“Look at the large scale of what some of the climate patterns have done,” Baker said. “It’s similar to a setup last year, but it has been a lot more active with the storm track. The Eastern U.S. has been dealing with one after another of winter storms. We happen to be on the Southern extent of the very non-typical winter. It’s very rare to have this degree of events.”

Snow totals for the year are above normal, he said.