It was 22 degrees at 5 a.m., thankfully with a calm wind.
Keep an eye on the Friday night forecast as sleet is predicted from 7 p.m. through 5 a.m. Saturday and again on Monday night. Snow showers are possible then across Northwest Georgia beginning at 6 p.m. Monday through 6 a.m. Tuesday. Both forecasts are expected to change — and did significantly overnight.
This weather statement was issued around 5:45 a.m. Thursday. The snow part is in Northeast Georgia; heavy rain for us:
Confidence is increasing in the potential for a winter storm for the far northeast portions of the forecast area. The period of most concern is Saturday night into Sunday for the mountains and far northeast counties. At this time, the counties most likely affected are Eastern Fannin, Eastern Dawson, Union, Lumpkin, Towns, White, Hall and Banks. It is way too early to mention amounts but this is the area with the greatest chances for accumulations.
The latest forecast storm total rainfall amounts have increased over the area from previous with this next system. We are now expecting a widespread area of 2.5 to 3 inch totals from Columbus to Rome and points east. Given recent systems across the area and the time of year, we can expect at least some isolated flooding issues.
IT COULD BE WORSE…
Georgia Weather History for Dec. 6: In 1886, heavy snow fell across the southern Appalachians from Dec. 3-6. In Rome, 25 inches of snow was measured during this time with higher amounts estimated in the northeast Georgia mountains.
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Calm wind.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Calm wind.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.
Friday Night: Rain likely, possibly mixed with sleet, mainly after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 38. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday: Rain. High near 43. East wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Saturday Night: Rain. Low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Sunday: Occasional rain. High near 41. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Sunday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 36.
Monday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 42.
Monday Night: A chance of rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 30%.