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Winter storm warning calls for snow, ice in Dawson County
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A winter storm warning taking effect tonight calls for 3 to 6 inches of snow and up to a quarter inch of ice in Dawson County. - photo by National Weather Service

A winter storm warning calls for 3 to 6 inches of snow and up to a quarter inch of ice in Dawson County today and into Saturday.

The warning is extended through 7 p.m. Saturday.

While the event began as rain, National Weather Service forecaster George Wetzel said a sleet should mix is possible. He said temperatures will could into the low 30s tonight into Friday morning and "they're not going to rise" Friday.

Wetzel said while freezing drizzle is likely early Friday, the event will pick up steam as freezing rain around lunchtime and could also include sleet before transitioning to snow Friday night and Saturday.

"As rain starts to fall, it will start to cool the atmosphere," Wetzel said.

Ice and wind may down trees and cause power outages. Winds Friday will be 15-25 mph with gusts at 45 mph.

Wetzel said there's a shallow level of warm air where snow will melt but then refreeze either on the way to the ground or when it hits the surface.

He added that the Atlanta area and spots just north of the capital should receive light snow, but "the further north you go, the better chance of accumulating snow."

 

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