Earlier this winter, it looked like the state’s peach crop might arrive early. With the last month of cold air, though, it’s looking more like peaches will be a little late. Still, the late-winter cold snap does not appear to have damaged the crop in central Georgia.
The Department of Transportation has spent about $50,000 combating the elements statewide this year, mostly in northeast Georgia. That compares to nearly $2.6 million last winter spent scraping away packed ice and snow in northeast Georgia alone.
Temperatures plunged well below freezing across Georgia Tuesday morning, prompting at least four school districts to close. The National Weather Service in Peachtree City said a wind chill advisory was to continue through 10 a.m., as wind chill readings were expected to be as low as 2 degrees below zero.
Catoosa County and Walker County school systems delayed the start of classes by two hours Tuesday as a wintry mix of precipitation began spreading into Georgia from Alabama. National Weather Service forecasters said rain and snow showers would fall Tuesday over much of north Georgia, but little or no snow accumulation was expected.
Transportation officials in Georgia are unveiling a newly designed inclement weather section of their website. The new winter weather page went live Thursday. Chairman Rudy Bowen says the new webpage will help the department immediately update the public on road conditions.
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.