As the state braces for a second bout of snow this month, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for sections of southern West Virginia, Atlanta, and other states.
The storm will begin Saturday evening with a spell of chilly rain. Following the rain, a combination of sleet and snow will begin about 3 a.m. and last until daylight.
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The types of precipitation may not be consistent throughout. As the coldest air moves behind the system, many additional regions may turn to snow on Sunday afternoon.
In the Winter Storm region northeast of Atlanta, heavy precipitation and ice accumulations are expected. Around metro Atlanta, pockets of freezing rain and a rain and snow mix are more likely, with all precipitation changing to snow by late Sunday morning or early afternoon.
For the first few hours, snow will fall hard. Perhaps at 1 to 3 inches each hour for a couple of hours! By the evening and early morning hours, the snow will have turned to sleet and freezing rain/ice. This would result in a thin layer of ice forming on top of the snow.
Winds will be gusty as well! Winds of 20 to 50 mph are probable. The snow will not be as moist as it was on January 3rd. There will, however, be some power shortages and dangerous traffic.
On Sunday morning, wind gusts caused power disruptions and road closures around the metro region. Winds might be gusty until 2 p.m. Sunday. You can also read more about Tsunami warning.
The majority of the storm system will pass across our region late Sunday night or early Monday morning. Having said that, there will undoubtedly be lasting effects Monday morning, including a refreeze event.