Winter Storm Warning for northeast Georgia

- The torrential rain/mix has come to an end across north Georgia, but a light rain/mix is still possible. 

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Rabun, Habersham, White, Lumpkin, Towns, Union and Dawson counties are under a Winter Storm Warning from noon Saturday until noon Monday. FOX 5 Storm Team is still expecting additional snowfall and ice, but the bigger concern will be a refreeze event on the roads.

Meanwhile, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect late Saturday through early Monday morning for Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Forsyth, Jackson, Madison, Gwinnett, Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Walton, Banks, and Hall counties. These counties need to prepare for the possibility of ice accumulation and lower snowfall totals compared to the Winter Storm Warning. 

Travelers through the area should use extreme caution while driving, use extra care on bridges and overpasses. And residents should be vigilant for downed trees and power lines due to the snow and ice. 

The "wedge" of cold air will be in place as rich gulf moisture comes our way. The big storyline will be periods of heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday. Rainfall will be between 2 to 3 inches with some areas receiving even more. So, flooding is a real concern. And with temperatures holding in the 40s, it will be uncomfortable.

Combine this with windy conditions and there is the real potential trees could be uprooted and downed.

One key part of the extended forecast will be whether or not the moisture sticks around Monday and Tuesday or if it clears out quickly. If the moisture sticks around, we could see additional chances for a wintry mix.


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