We continue to see a strong signal for winter weather here in GA, especially across the north. While snow is possible, it is rare that we don't get to experience all the various frozen precipitation types when winter does decide to pay us a visit. (1/8) #gawx pic.twitter.com/ca9tDqzN5W
— NWS Atlanta (@NWSAtlanta) January 12, 2022
The official word from the National Weather Service on Wednesday concerning Sunday’s forecast was this: “With all of the moving parts, it remains too early to provide deterministic snow and ice amounts at this time.” We’ll know more by this afternoon.
Based on the hourly forecasts for our area, we’ll see:
- A half inch of rain Saturday evening and another inch into Sunday.
- Perhaps up to 0.9 of an inch of snow, the first dusting around 3 a.m.; then a half inch between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the 0.4 of an inch between 2 and 6 p.m. Please note for your church plans.
- Temperatures will be right at the snow line — 34 degrees — with a wind chill in the upper 20s.
- And then the next concern is Monday morning — the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday for most. Whatever precipitation we get could freeze overnight (lows in the upper 20s), creating ice on area roads.
Our advice: Sunday will be a washout if not a white out. Be prepared to stay home most of the day. If you’re going to Athens for the championship celebration, come home Saturday night. The overnight/Sunday Athens’ forecast is nasty — snow, ice and sleet.
Caveat: As the weather service says, this will change with whatever variables — but it doesn’t look good.
The best weather advice we’ve seen this week? From Owen’s on Second Avenue:
Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 32. West wind around 5 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. North wind around 5 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Calm wind.
Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 53. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the morning.
Saturday Night: Rain showers before 3am, then rain and snow showers between 3am and 4am, then rain showers after 4am. Low around 34. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Sunday: Rain and snow showers before 4pm, then rain showers between 4pm and 5pm, then rain and snow showers after 5pm. High near 38. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Sunday Night: Snow showers before 7pm. Low around 27. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
M.L.King Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.