With strong winds and the potential for winter weather, we are highly concerned about downed trees and powerlines knocking out power through Sunday, so prepare now!
Here is the latest thinking on Winter Storm and Wind Impacts for north and central Georgia: pic.twitter.com/pbUrLIj89v
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Just added below: The 21-frame Saturday afternoon briefing from the National Weather Service. Every detail you want to know about Sunday’s weather. Just click through using the arrows on the lower left.
Winter weather advisory, midnight tonight through midnight Sunday, for Northwest Georgia.
- Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch.
- Impacts: Plan on slippery road conditions.
- Note: Both Chattooga and Gordon counties have been “downgraded’ from the winter storm watch.
Winter storm warning for Chattooga, Dade, Walker all day Sunday:
- Heavy wet snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches in the higher elevations. The majority of the snowfall is anticipated during the daytime Sunday.
- Impact: Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Travel strongly discouraged. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Slow down and drive with caution.
High wind warning, midnight until noon Sunday:
- Sustained winds 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected. Locally higher gusts to 60 mph possible, especially in the higher elevations of north Georgia.
- Impacts: Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be very difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
Wind advisory from midnight until noon Sunday:
- East winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph expected. Gusts up to 50 mph are possible at elevations above 2,500 feet (Rome is at 594 feet; Cartersville, 784 feet).
- Inpact: Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects. Large tree limbs and some trees could be blown down and power outages may result.
Based on the hourly forecasts for our area, we’ll see:
- Snow. Perhaps .02 of an inch falling from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
- Sleet: Possible from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
- Rain: An inch-plus mostly between 6 this evening and 6 p.m. Sunday.
- Temperatures might be too high for snow, 36 degrees.
- Gusts of at least 34 mph, especially around 6 a.m Sunday.
- 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.
Caveat: As the weather service says, this will change with whatever variables — but it doesn’t look good.
CANCELLATIONS & DELAYS
Tonight: Rain, mainly before 2am, then showers after 2am. Low around 36. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Sunday: Rain showers before 11am, then rain showers and sleet between 11am and 1pm, then rain showers after 1pm. High near 38. East wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Sunday Night: A chance of rain and snow before 9pm, then a slight chance of snow between 9pm and 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
M.L.King Day: Partly sunny, with a high near 41. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.