Wednesday marks the 20-year anniversary of the bizarre "Blizzard of '93" that glazed much of Georgia to a standstill with wind-whipped snow and sub-zero chill factors. It was just a week before the official start of spring, with azaleas and dogwoods already budding in Augusta.
Much of north Georgia was under a flood watch as forecasters warned of the potential for freezing rain and some snow later in the week. The National Weather Service said rain is expected to mix with and change over to snow or a snow/sleet mix across parts of north Georgia Thursday. Forecasters said there was the potential for light snow accumulations across parts of north Georgia.
The national Weather Service was predicting snow in North Georgia late Monday night. There's a weather advisory for nine counties from midnight until ten A.M. tomorrow. Meteorologist Steven Nelson advises cautious driving.
Snow fell across north Georgia overnight as predicted, but in metro Atlanta it did little more than coat lawns. Across the state, accumulation totals were mainly one inch or less. Exceptions were in some far north areas of Georgia - 1.5 inches for Cedartown/Polk Co., Dawsonville, and Lumpkin County.
Snow started falling in north Georgia early Wednesday evening and a winter weather advisory is in effect through early Thursday afternoon for northern and central Georgia. But weather forecasters say it won't nearly be the event the state experienced in early January. The National Weather Service says 1-2 inches could fall in north Georgia overnight Wednesday, one inch is expected between Rome and Augusta, and central Georgia could receive less than a half inch.
The extreme northern portion of the state is under a winter weather advisoryovernight Thursday as a mixture of rain and snow moves into the area. The National Weather Service expects the mix to turn to snow after midnight. Overnight lows from the upper 20's to lower 30's in the north and upper 30's and 40's in the south.
This week state lawmakers will be in budget hearings, the time when state agency heads outline their spending. For the Department of Transportation, it may need to be ready for questions about the recent snow storm that rolled through the Georgia last week.
The Department of Transportation says conditions on the state’s roads are improving after a snowstorm covered much of Georgia this morning. Parham says ice and sleet will likely continue through Tuesday and that drivers should leave about 10 times the normal following distance to help prevent collisions.
The snowstorm has brought much of the state to a standstill with schools, offices and government agencies shuttered due to the winter weather. Noel Brown reports in Athens some people are taking to the snowy streets to make the most of an unexpected day off.