National Weather Service predicts rainfall, then possible light snow this week
While some areas north of metro Atlanta are seeing snow right now, the National Weather Service (NWS) reports the metro area will just see rainfall over the next few days.
But that could change on Friday when we might see a light accumulation of snow here.
NWS meteorologist Ryan Willis told Decaturish, “Through tonight in Decatur and most of the metro area, it’s just going to be a cold light rain. We’re not looking for any frozen precipitation in Atlanta or Decatur.”
Willis said tomorrow afternoon we’ll see rainfall, but temperatures will be in the 40s, remaining above freezing.
“That rainfall is going to continue through Friday,” Willis said. “By mid-day Friday, we’re looking at rainfalls of around two inches. It’s going to be pretty significant as far as the rain is concerned.”
Willis said the NWS is closely watching what could happen Friday evening into early Saturday morning when colder air pushes into our area. “We could be looking at some snow pushing into the Atlanta/Decatur area during that timeframe. … Right now we’re looking at maybe some light accumulations during that time.”
Some Northern Georgia counties were releasing students early Wednesday as snowy and icy conditions moved in. The NWS said freezing rain resulted in a multi-vehicle accident on I-75, south of Chattanooga, which blocked all lanes.
Chris Monroe @Atlanta_Traffic tweeted this photo, warning drivers to avoid the area:
— Chris Monroe TRAFFIC (@Atlanta_Traffic) January 20, 2016