THE SITUATION at 7:30 p.m.
Snow showers possible overnight in higher elevations:
From the National Weather Service: “As much colder air rushes in across the area behind a strong storm system, scattered rain showers may mix with or change to snow showers before ending late tonight through early Friday morning. There is the chance to see some snow accumulations but mainly confined to the highest elevations of the north Georgia mountains, from near Amicalola Falls State Park up to the Georgia and North Carolina state line near Hiawassee. In these areas, a dusting to 1/2 inch of snow is possible, with locally higher amounts around 1 inch over the highest ridgetops. Elsewhere across far north Georgia, a few snow flurries or snow showers may mix with light rain showers late tonight into early Friday morning. No snow accumulations or impacts are expected as morning low temperatures remain above freezing, in the mid to upper 30s.”
Updates from Tim Herrington, Floyd County Emergency Management Director:
- Much colder air will move across the area tonight with temperatures 25-35 degrees colder by daybreak Friday (compared to Thursday morning). With the colder air and all the residual water from Thursday’s rain, the threat for black ice is very low at this time due to overnight temperatures remaining above freezing for many locations (except the far northeast Georgia mountain areas).
- Scattered rain showers overnight may mix with or change over to snow showers or flurries toward daybreak. Minor accumulations are possible in the higher elevations of north Georgia. Impacts are expected to be minimal as overnight temperatures across most areas will remain above freezing
- A fast-moving storm system may bring another shot of wintry precipitation (snow) to north Georgia late Friday night into Saturday morning.
- Two-hour delay on Friday for Chattooga County schools.
- Chattooga River near Summerville: At 13.5 feet and rising Thursday morning. Flood stage: 14 feet. Expected to crest at 16.8 feet tonight.
- Oostanaula River near Resaca: At 12.7 feet and rising Thursday morning. Flood stage: 22 feet. Expected to crest at 24.2 feet Sunday morning.
- Euharlee River near Rockmart: At 8.9 feet and rising. Flood stage: 9 feet.
- Oostanaula River near Rome: 19.26 feet and rising. Flood stage is 25 feet; action stage (gates close) at 19 feet. Expected to crest at 25.4 feet Friday morning.
Rainfall since 12:01 a.m. Wednesday through 4 p.m. Thursday:
- Rome: 3.80 inches
- Cartersville: 3.02 inches.
- Calhoun: 3.46 inches.
Thursday Night: Showers likely, mainly before 10pm, then a chance of rain after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 36. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Friday: A slight chance of rain and snow before 9am, then a slight chance of rain between 9am and noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Saturday: A 40 percent chance of rain before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 53.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 33.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 62.
Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.