Tuesday's isolated storms are tapering off. Unfortunately, so is the spell of warm spring weather. Tuesday night, prepare for temperatures to drop. Vaughn Smith, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Atlanta, says the recent showers are to blame for the temperature dip as strong winds bring in the cold air.There is a wind advisory for all of North and Central Georgia with gusts of wind up expected to reach up to 40mph.
The main winter storm has now pushed out of Georgia, leaving a parting gift of two more inches of snow Wednesday night from Macon north. Winter storm warnings will remain in effect until 1 p.m. Thursday because of the chance for more light snow wrapping around the back end of the system.
The storm Georgians have been waiting for is here, and meteorologists say it will be even worse than expected. The Interstate 20 cor Gov. Nathan Deal is continuing to urge Georgians to stay off the roads Wednesday. Speaking at a noon press conference at the state Capitol, he said his main concern about the weather is that Georgians will think the winter storm moving through the state has peaked and will leave their homes.
Stay inside tomorrow -- at least until after noon. That's the message coming from scores of public and private officials as a list of closures across the state grows. All public and many private schools will closed for the entire day.
Many students across the state were supposed to be back in the classroom Monday, but instead, they spent their first scheduled school day after winter break at home. Dozens of school systems have canceled classes for Monday and Tuesday because of the frigid temperatures.
After three days of cold, wet weather, Georgians can look forward to sunny and slightly warmer conditions throughout Thanksgiving and the weekend. “It will do nothing but improve from now to then,” said National Weather Service meteorologist George Wetzel on Wednesday afternoon. Wetzel says the winds will start dying down on Wednesday night, leading to cooler temperatures on Thursday morning. Despite a morning temperature drop into the lower 20s, Thursday afternoon will be sunny and clear, with a high near 52 degrees. That’s good news for last-minute travelers.
After a rainy Tuesday across Georgia, residents are bracing themselves for more bad weather that could include snow in the north and tornadoes in the south. Alex Gibbs, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, says flood warnings are in effect for parts of north Georgia overnight Tuesday. Areas could see as many as three inches of rain. North Georgia could see about one to one and a half inches of snow, and there may be light snowfall as far south as the city of Atlanta.
The drier conditions lately have been a welcome change for people across the state, especially those whose business depends on the weather. A small group of workers shoveled dirt recently on either side of a newly-poured sidewalk inside a new subdivision in Roswell, just north of Atlanta. It was a rare event; for most of the year they’ve been shoveling mud.
Authorities say much of central and south Georgia will once again be under a flash flood watch as more heavy rains are expected. The watch includes the cities of Americus, Dublin, Macon, Milledgeville and Vidalia. It is scheduled to be in effect from noon Tuesday through Tuesday evening.
National Weather Service forecasters say a tornado touched down in western Georgia Sunday night. Meteorologists in Peachtree City say the EF1 twister touched down in Heard County near the Alabama border around 7:40 Sunday night and peeled the roof and front porch from a mobile home.