Sleet and light snow mix reported in parts of Georgia

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ATLANTA FORECAST

Friday: High: 48

Friday night: Low: 40

Saturday: High: 43

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Get ready for a cold and very messy weekend, North Georgia.

Rain is already pushing into parts of the state, according to Channel 2 Action News. 

“A little sleet and snow is mixing in with the light rain now,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz tweeted just after 10 a.m. “Just got a report from Clarkesville (Habersham Co.) of sleet and very light snow mix.”

Most areas, however, will just get sprinkles, Minton said, if they see any wet weather at all. Temperatures may not get out of the upper 40s.

The big weather event will be Saturday and Sunday, Minton said.

 

Winter storm watches have been issued for parts of northeast Georgia beginning Saturday night and ending Monday morning. One watch scheduled to go into effect at 7 p.m. Saturday covers Habersham and Rabun counties.

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Heavy mixed precipitation is possible with total snow accumulations of up to 10 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Ice accumulation could be up to two-tenths of an inch, the Weather Service reported.

That watch is set to expire at noon Monday.

   

Lumpkin, Towns, Union and White counties are included in a second watch, which starts at 1 a.m. Sunday and expires at 1 a.m. Monday. Those areas could get anywhere from 1 to 2 inches, with up to 5 inches possible on the highest ridges, according to the Weather Service.

 

“It’s (Saturday) night into Sunday when the possibility is there for some icy conditions, primarily for northeast Georgia and some of our eastern counties of the metro area. I can’t rule it out over Hall county and parts of northeastern Gwinnett.”

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As for areas out toward Atlanta and to the south, Minton said the storm will likely be all rain for Saturday and Sunday. 

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“It’s going to be wet, with some of the heaviest rains on the Southside,” she said. “Anywhere from 3 to 4 inches of rain are possible there.”

Temperatures are expected to be in the 40s on Saturday and in the mid-30s on Sunday in metro Atlanta. It will be windy, Minton said, with gusts as high as 30 mph at times.

As of Friday, most of metro Atlanta looks to stay ice-free over the weekend, according to Channel 2.

“Might be a different bet on Monday though as we do have that colder air sliding in, and there could be some precipitation left,” Minton said. “But that’s still days away, and we’ll work on that over the next 48 hours.”

Traffic is gridlocked out of the southern suburbs Friday morning, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. 

A multivehicle crash on blocked several lanes of I-75 South at Forest Parkway for more than two hours Friday before it was cleared around 7:30 a.m. Bumper-to-bumper delays stretch back to Mt. Zion Boulevard, the Traffic Center reported. 

 

The drive is still very heavy out of Morrow, now clocking in at a slow 25 minutes from Mt. Zion Boulevard to I-285.

“If you are about to leave the house from McDonough and Stockbridge, please use I-675 North as an alternate,” traffic reporter Mark Arum said. 

Volume is building through downtown and on the Perimeter through DeKalb County, according to the Traffic Center. A crash on the Outer Loop is adding to those delays.

Two left lanes of I-285 North are blocked because of a wreck past Covington Highway, the Traffic Center reported. 

 

» For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter. 

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2018-12-07 15:22:30

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