A Flood Watch is in effect for north and central Georgia from Saturday morning until Sunday evening. Rainfall amounts between 2 and 4 inches are possible during... this time with locally higher amounts possible, especially in higher terrain. Rivers and creeks remain high from recent rainfall and smaller basins will be quick to respond to high rainfall rates and the associated runoff. Be sure to monitor forecasts for Flood Warnings this weekend. #gawx
Including the cities of Dahlonega and Cleveland
351 AM EST Fri Feb 9 2018
...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY
The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a
* Flood Watch for portions of north Georgia...north of a
Summerville to Dawsonville to Homer line.
* From Saturday morning through Sunday evening
* Heavy rains will spread over north Georgia beginning tonight and
continuing through Sunday. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are
possible with isolated higher amounts, especially in the higher
terrain of the mountains. These rainfall amounts will likely
lead to flooding.
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.
We had an awesome visit from the Moscow Nights this morning. This group of exchange students spent the first part of the week traveling to some of our local schools preforming folk music and dances. To end their visit in Murray County, the Nights visited the Sheriffs Office and toured our facility. The Nights were impressed with our judicial system and enjoyed meeting our Sheriff, Gary Langford.
Chief Deputy MCSO
"He gave it a very good fight." Fort Oglethorpe Police mourn the loss of a fellow officer after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Citizens, after speaking with our night shift patrol supervisors, I am being told that state routes are passable but the lower or secondary roads are still icy. With this information, I would still urge all citizens to not travel unless you have to. In doing so use extreme caution. We will be continuing to answer calls for service and update information as soon as possible.
Chief Deputy MCSO
Citizens, over the past couple of hours this wintery mix has saturated our roads with a snow, rain, and sleet mix. With this the temperature is projected to go below freezing tonight. Areas that are not covered white with snow or snow packed ice could or probably does contain black ice. If you do not have to travel on or about the roadways please don’t. If you have to, use extreme caution. Our Deputies are currently answering call for service and monitoring the roadways.
Chief Deputy MCSO
Light snow is now falling across northwest GA, and we will continue to see snow fill in across the rest of north GA over the next several hours. Even with very... light accumulations, reports of icy roads are already coming in from Cherokee and Polk counties. Road conditions will deteriorate as the night rolls on. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for 1-2" of snow remains in effect.
Light accumulating snow is possible over North GA Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday night. It is going to be a tricky forecast, as is any Georgia snow forecast.... Even though amounts are forecast to be light, travel impacts are still possible due to cold ground temperatures. Here is the latest I have for you this morning.
SETUP: An arctic cold front will move through North GA tomorrow afternoon and evening. Immediately behind the leading edge of cool air, will be an area of moisture. The air column looks cold enough to support all snow. This snow will generally be light with embedded heavier pockets.
TIMING: Snowfall could begin as early as noon or 1PM over Northwest GA. Snow should make it into Metro Atlanta just in time for the evening commute between 4 and 6PM. East and Central GA will begin to get in on the action after sunset Tuesday. Confidence in timing is high.
AMOUNTS: This will be the toughest part of the forecast. The air and ground will both be cold enough to support light accumulations. Any snow that falls will stick. That being said, a dusting of snow looks possible area wide. Greater accumulations will fall over northwest and extreme north GA. I think a half inch of snow is possible north of a Rome, to Jasper, to Dahlonega, to Clayton line. The very most northwest GA Counties of Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, and Murray may be able to see 1” of snow. I’ll have an updated look at accumulations tonight.
UNCERTAINTIES: I think the greatest uncertainty with this forecast is how much of a role will the North GA mountains play in this forecast. I have seen in the past with both rain and snow events that these mountains can cause enough down sloping over east GA to limit or eliminate precipitation. Therefore, confidence on the possibility of snow, especially in the region between I-85 and I-20 is lower. The other concern is amount of precipitation. Right now, I am forecasting very light precipitation amounts, however if a heavier band of snow manages to develop, it would not be difficult for some region to exceed a dusting of snow. I know everyone wants to jump on the “Last time you said 1” I got 10” bandwagon… That will not happen with this storm, but it is not inconceivable that a few locations get 1” instead of a half inch etc.
IMPACTS: Snow covered roads may make driving difficult, even with such light snow amounts. All snow will stick to untreated roads
WATCHES/WARNINGS: Our local National Weather Service office has opted to not issue any watches, warnings, or advisories at this time.
We have been monitoring the weather situation closely. As of right now, all indications are that an early dismissal (11:00) would still be an appropriate respo...nse, if necessary. The ultimate decision will be firmly rooted on not risking the safety of our students, staff, and parents. At this time, unless there is a change in the immediate forecast, it is necessary to wait until the 4:00 a.m. NGWA report for a final decision.
All evening, school related activities are cancelled for Tuesday 1/16/17.
I completely understand that this is an inconvenience to many, but I ask for your patience.
Eric J. McFee
Murray County Public Schools
Light accumulating snow is becoming more likely across North GA tomorrow. Snow showers could begin over parts of North GA as soon as noon tomorrow, and will co...ntinue through the overnight hours. In this update, I’ll break down the timing, accumulations, and uncertainties remaining with this forecast.
TIMING: Snow in association with an arctic cold front will begin to move into Northwest GA around 12PM tomorrow. Through the early afternoon hours, snow will progress further south and east. By 4-5PM, snow showers will reach the metro Atlanta area. By 7-8PM Tuesday evening, areas south and east of Atlanta will start to see snow falling. All of this will come to an end from northwest to southeast 6-7 hours after it begins.
ACCUMULATIONS: Light snowfall accumulations are possible area wide. I think the greatest accumulations will occur over Northwest GA and the North GA mountains. Here, widespread totals of ½” are likely. 1-1.5” totals are certainly possible over extreme northwest GA and the higher elevations of the north GA mountains. Metro Atlanta should be able to pick up a dusting to ½”. There is less certainty in accumulations both east and northeast of Atlanta. Downsloping from the north GA mountains may limit snow coverage and accumulations there. For now, I have left much of this part of the state in the “dusting” category. I’ll adjust all this tomorrow morning as new data comes in.
UNCERTAINTY: We are dealing with a very low total precipitation event. In terms of liquid, only up to .1” of precipitation is going to fall over most places. Any slight increase in moisture could result in additional snowfall accumulations. While the 6-10” bust of December’s storm is highly unlikely, it is not out of the question that a few isolated areas see more snow than currently forecast. Also, much like when a cold front brings scattered rain showers to north GA, this cold front will bring scattered snow showers. It will not snow for 6 hours straight tomorrow. This will set up varying snow totals depending on how often and for how long it snows over a given location.
WATCHES/WARNINGS: A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for parts of North and NW GA.
***Sunday Morning Update (1/14/18)*** Good Sunday Morning. Cold air and settled into our area and will stick around until the end of the work week before we see... a warm up. Highs today will be in the middle to upper 30’s with partly cloudy skies. Tonight lows will be in the upper teens to lower 20’s. Monday will see a brief warm up as highs could make it to the lower 40’s. Lows on Monday night will be in the upper 20’s. Tuesday could be an interesting day as another Arctic front approaches the area during the day. Some energy may try to slide along this front and produce some light snow or snow showers for the area (40% chance right now). Moisture looks to be limited but this could produce anywhere from flurries to 2 inches of snow depending on elevation on Tuesday. Just be aware that there could be some travel issues on Tuesday and Tuesday night but that is not set in stone yet. Behind the front will be very cold air as lows will plummet Wednesday morning to around 10. Any snow cover could lower those temperatures to around 5 degrees. Highs on Wednesday will be in the middle to upper 20’s. Lows Wednesday night will be in the lower teens. Thursday will see highs in the 30’s with lower to middle 40’s by Friday. Next weekend we could hit 60 so hang in there. More updates on Tuesday when we get more information. Have a great day! Peace!....Billy
Temperatures will start to plummet this evening/tonight as a strong cold front moves through the area. As a result, low temperatures combined with gusty winds will lead to wind chill values in the teens and 20s, with single digits possible in the higher elevations. #gawx
Temperatures should rapidly drop within a few hours. In addition, gusty winds will develop and persist through Saturday. Showers will likely accompany the cold ...front. A light wintry mix / snow is forecast for this evening into the overnight hours. Black ice is possible, especially on bridges and overpasses.