Wintry mix possible Saturday

ALBANY, Ga. — A strong blast of arctic air will move through the area this weekend bringing with it a hard freeze and a slight chance of snow flurries today, meteorologists say.

A cold front will push through into the south Saturday, dropping temperatures and, for a narrow window today, upping the chances of winter precipitation, Kelly Godsey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Friday.

"It's going to be quite a shock for the region through the weekend, but thankfully temperatures should be back to normal early in the week," Godsey said.

As for the chances of snow, Godsey said there is a small opportunity for snow flurries between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. today.

"There's a slight chance for snow during a very short duration Saturday," Godsey said. "If it does snow, it would be more of a novelty because the air temperature and ground temperature will still likely be above freezing at that point, causing the snow to melt on contact."

Godsey said that the best chance for snow in the Southwest Georgia region typically comes when a low pressure system comes in from the gulf, bringing with it more moisture than is typically found in an arctic blast from up north.

As far as low temperatures for the weekend, the mercury will likely plunge to the lower 20s Saturday and settle into the upper 20s Sunday evening.

Temperatures should return to seasonable levels by Tuesday, Godsey said. The normal high for this time of year is in the mid-60s while the lows usually are in the low 40s.

"Take care with animals and plants that are outside," Godsey says. "It's odd to see our first hard freeze of the year this late in the season, so many of the plants have already started blooming. ... This freeze will likely knock off those blooms and could cause damage."


waltspecht 2 years, 9 months ago

Boy, was my Granddaughter waiting for the snow that never came. Got to admit it, so was I. I miss the snow, and have always been treated to seeing some on my two trips a year to Vermont to visit my Mother. The thing I don't miss is shoveling it, and driving in it. This year Mom complained that the snows didn't come. Now that they have arrived, she is complaining about all the snow. However, at her age she can do or say whatever she wants, the years and her work have earned her that right.


VSU 2 years, 9 months ago

It's sunshining outside, I doubt there is much of any chance it will snow today. Ha, snow...yeah right.


agirl_25 2 years, 9 months ago

I don't miss snow. I lived in North Dakota...I don't miss blizzards. I don't miss having to tie a rope around my waist and to my truck when I went to the stables to check on my horses to make sure I could find my way back from the barn during a whiteout. It was weird to wake up in the morning during a blizzard and not be able to see the 2-story house across the street because it was covered in snow drifts and realize your house probably looked the same, except for the window you were looking out and were going to have to crawl out of if you expected to get out of the house that day. I don't miss seeing all the yellow snow all over the place from September till sometimes May where the dogs pee (I know they gotta go and am not blaming the dogs). One plus was I never had to shovel snow..base housing and I had it done....yippee....


Sister_Ruby 2 years, 9 months ago

I'd call it more of a "wind tree mix".


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