In a week that has seen both President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden visit Georgia, one of the most consequential election runoff’s in state history happen on Tuesday, and what is all but certain to be a dramatic Electoral College vote certification process on Wednesday, it would only be fitting to end the week with snow flurries in Georgia.
According to AccuWeather, there is a storm system brewing that could bring just that possibility to the Peach State — but we all know how snow forecasts turn out here — so be prepared, but don’t count on knowing today what is going to happen with Georgia’s weather on Thursday and Friday.
According to meteorologists at AccuWeather, a storm developing in the Rockies will bring rain to the southeast, but that could mean snow for extreme north Georgia.
The overall weather pattern this week will resemble a March setup rather than one typical of early January, according to AccuWeather forecasters. During March, storms can produce snow without a great deal of cold air.
Similarly, the air may be just cold enough for snow from parts of Kentucky and Tennessee to portions of the Carolinas, Virginia and perhaps northern Georgia during the second half of this week.
“Following several inches of snow in a narrow north-to-south zone from parts of the Dakotas to northern Missouri from Tuesday night to Wednesday night, the storm will reorganize farther south and begin to strengthen,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Reneé Duff said.
The atmosphere is likely to become cold enough to produce not only a mixture of rain, sleet and snow, but also also the risk of accumulating snow across portions of eastern Tennessee to northern Georgia, northern and western North Carolina and southern and eastern Virginia.
The potential for snow will come between Thursday night and Friday night.
The strength of the storm will dictate how heavily the snow comes down and how cold the air becomes as a result.
A weak storm may only result in light precipitation and marginal temperatures. Much of the snow may melt as it falls in areas outside of the southern Appalachians if the storm remains weak. On the other hand, should the storm become potent, the rate of precipitation can be heavy, causing the atmosphere to cool down enough to bring an accumulation to grassy areas, roads and sidewalks well away from the mountains, including in lower elevations and perhaps even to the coast.