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.
Governor Sonny Perdue Sunday night issued a state of emergency as the front-end of a severe winter storm began to move into Georgia. Some parts of the state could see up to 6 inches of snow by the time the storm rolls through. Forecasters however, are concerned about the effects of freezing rain and sleet across north and middle Georgia.
Road clearing responsibilities are shared by the state department of transportation and local governments. For D-O-T’s share alone, a spokesman estimates the costs will reach 2.5 million dollars for December.