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Snow, Black Ice Possible Thursday in Suwanee and Gwinnett

A low pressure system is noted by weather.com.

Weather.com is reporting that snow and black ice are possible in the north metro Atlanta area on Thursday (January 17), including Suwanee and Gwinnett.

In a special weather statement issued Wednesday (January 16), the website warns of the potential for snow and sleet.

The statement reads in part:

BRIEF WINTER WEATHER POSSIBLE ACROSS NORTH GEORGIA THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING... ... BLACK ICE POSSIBLE ACROSS NORTH AND PORTIONS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING...

A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE STATE ON THURSDAY. AHEAD OF THE SYSTEM... A DEEP SOUTHERLY FLOW WILL SPREAD AMPLE GULF MOISTURE NORTHWARD... RESULTING IN WIDESPREAD RAIN ACROSS NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA. AS THE ASSOCIATED COLD FRONT PUSHES INTO THE CAROLINAS THURSDAY AFTERNOON... A DEEP COLD AIR MASS WILL BEGIN TO SPREAD INTO THE AREA FROM WEST TO EAST THURSDAY WITH TEMPERATURES GENERALLY FALLING THROUGH THE DAY.

RAIN IS EXPECTED TO MIX WITH AND CHANGE OVER TO SNOW OR A SNOW/SLEET MIX ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTH GEORGIA THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. DESPITE WARM GROUNDS FROM RECENT UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES... THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR SOME LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ACROSS PARTS OF THE NORTHWEST GEORGIA MOUNTAINS DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON HOURS ON THURSDAY... AND PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST GEORGIA MOUNTAINS THURSDAY EVENING. ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE LIGHT... LESS THAN ONE HALF INCH... AND WOULD BE MAINLY OVER ELEVATED AND GRASSY SURFACES.

ALTHOUGH LIGHT SNOW COULD BE SEEN AS FAR SOUTH AS THE NORTH ATLANTA METRO AREA... NO ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED OUTSIDE OF THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE MOUNTAINS. AT THIS TIME... NO WIDESPREAD TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES ARE EXPECTED WITH THE INITIAL SNOWFALL THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.

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Steve Burns (Editor) January 16, 2013 at 03:02 PM
I'm wondering if the grocery stores will be packed today with people stocking up? What are your plans?
Priscilla Dyson January 16, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Awe shoot, I guess this is a good excuse not to go to the gym after work tomorrow, I'll just stay in. :()

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