It is chilly and we have seen a good bit of rain across Central Georgia over the past couple of days. Even colder air will arrive Friday, and it could be cold enough for the rain to switch over to a wintry mix across the midstate.
As of 11 a.m. Thursday, a winter weather advisory has been issued for parts of Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, and Central Georgia. Central Georgia is not under any watches, or warnings (as of now).
Impacts for Central Georgia? Low
A stalled front is producing a conveyor belt of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and spreading it into Georgia today and tomorrow. We could see an additional half an inch to one inch of rain through Friday night.
Colder air will continue to spill into Georgia from the north Friday thanks to another cold front. Could the cold air meet up with the moisture to our south to produce a wintry mix of rain, sleet, and maybe a few snowflakes? Models believe that will happen, but the best location will be just north of Central Georgia. A half an inch of snow or less could be possible in northern parts of Monroe county, Jasper county, and parts of Upson.
Most of Central Georgia will stay cold and rainy with temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s.
The switch over from rain to snow could occur Friday morning and into the afternoon hours in parts of Alabama and West Georgia. Best spot to see minor accumulations of snow will be along I-20 and I-85 in North Georgia. Surface and ground temperatures are still very warm, so initial snow/sleet that falls will likely melt.
By Friday night, we could see the rain transition to a snow/sleet/rain mix across a good bit of Central Georgia. The moisture will be exiting the area, so not expecting any significant issues as of now.
One small concern will be the potential to see black ice late Friday night and Saturday morning as temperatures fall into the upper 20s and low 30s.
Here's a look at a graphic showing four different models and their take on the potential for snowfall through the Friday into Friday night period. All of these will change between now and then, so we'll be continually updating this graphic. Most of the models show most (if any) accumulation staying north of us in parts of Metro Atlanta and along I-85 in North Georgia.
Overall, don't cling to tightly to any of these models just yet. Stay with us as the forecast could change over the next 24 hours. We will be doing Facebook Live updates on our 13WMAZ Facebook page this evening, so tune in!